Former Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, has warned Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, to reduce the number of vehicles which follow his convey else he [Dr. Bawumia] will incur his wrath.
The fiercest critic of former President John Dramani Mahama consequently threatened to wage a one-man crusade against Dr. Bawumia, if he fails to act.
Addressing the 20th anniversary celebrations of Morrison and Associations, an international audit firm, at the weekend, Prof. Adei said that the “about 16 cars” that follow Bawumia’s convoy was excessive.
According to him, he personally observed Bawumia’s convoy of about 16 Four-Wheel Drives occupying both lanes on a trip to Cape Coast in the Central Region.
Although in his estimation the Akufo-Addo administration had started on a good note, he warned that there will be consequences if such excesses were not checked.
He said: “And so far the government is doing well except that if you go to the right quarters tell them that the next time I see Bawumia or any of them travelling with 16 Four-Wheel drives and then occupying the two lanes, so that coming and going should stop, I am going to do a one-man crusade.
“That must be stopped at once because I followed them to Cape Coast last week and I was trying to overtake them to tell him to stop, and then the police stopped me and said oh Prof can you give a distance…”
Meanwhile, the Office of the Vice President has dismissed the claim that his convoy was made up of 16 vehicles.
In a statement on Saturday, October 14, 2017, Dr. Bawumia said his team uses a maximum of seven vehicles for trips outside the capital, Accra.
The vice president explained that he uses seven vehicles anytime on a trip which include the one used by leading police team, security detail, protocol, the media team and an ambulance.
“It should, however, be noted that on many occasions (including funerals) while on a trip, several other people, including the Police Commander of the area, Ministers, MPs, MMDCEs, CEOs and party officials may decide to meet and accompany the Vice President on arrival,” the statement added.
Story: Atta Kwaku Boadi