The Vice President, Dr. MahamuduBawumia iscurrently facing charges of corruption and abuse of power over the purchase of some new buses for two Health Training Schools in the country, with his personal name boldly embossed on the buses as the donor.
The buses, wereforNalerigu Nursing and Health Assistants Training School in the North East Region and Sefwi-Asafo College of Health in the Western North Region.
However, the buses which were believed to have been bought using state funds have Dr. Bawumia's name printed on them with a caption: "Donated by Dr. MahamuduBawumia Vice President of The Republic of Ghana".
Many who have raised concerns over the move by questioningreason for which the Vice-President's name was embossed on the buses? The action by Dr. Bawumiais consideredas pure abuse of incumbency, bad governance and a bad precedence.
But Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaakwho is unhappy about the move said, the Vice-President holds it a duty to tell Ghanaians the source of funds for the buses.
In a statement sent to The Herald, the lawmaker insists, "It is Dr. Bawumia's responsibility to let Ghanaians know the source of funds for the purchase of buses inscribed with his name as the donor".
According to him, "Failure to clarify will only lead to the conclusion that Dr. Bawumia is using entrusted power for personal gain: abuse of power, corruption.
Below Is The Full Statement:
Did Veep Use Own Funds To Buy Buses For Health Training Institutions, Ghanaians Want To Know
I've received several messages and accompanying pictures of buses with the following inscriptions (see attached pictures):
1) College of Health (SEFWI-ASAFO). Donated by Dr. MahamuduBawumiaVice President of The Republic of Ghana; and
2) Nalerigu Nursing and Health Assistant Training School. Donated by Dr. MahamuduBawumiaVice President of The Republic of Ghana.
The questions those who sent these pictures to me are asking are:
a) Why is the Vice President's name embossed on the buses as having donated them to the health training institutions?
b) Did Bawumia buy these buses from his personal resources or got them through his own private sources?
c) Is it right for Bawumia to have his name embossed on the buses as the donor if the buses were procured with public resources?
For the sake of transparency and accountability,the Vice President ought to provide further and better particulars by answering the questions above.
It is Dr. Bawumia's responsibility to let Ghanaians know the source of funds for the purchase of buses inscribed with his name as the donor. Failure to clarify will only lead to the conclusion that Dr. Bawumia is using entrusted power for personal gain: abuse of power, corruption.
Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member On Education Committee of Parliament
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