Cabinet directs MMDAs, MDAs and SOEs to reduce fuel allocation to political appointees

Cabinet directs MMDAs, MDAs and SOEs to reduce fuel allocation to political appointees

Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) have been directed to reduce fuel allocation to political appointees and their Heads by 50 per cent.

The Cabinet directive, which takes impact from January 2023, is predicted to reduce government expenditure on fuel consumption.

Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance made this identified when he introduced the 2023 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government to Parliament on Thursday.

He said the directive utilized to all fuel allocation strategies together with coupons, digital playing cards, chit techniques, and fuel depots.

“All MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs are directed to reduce fuel allocations to political appointees and heads of MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs by 50%.

This directive applies to all methods of fuel allocation, including coupons, electronic cards, chit system and fuel depots…Accordingly, 50% of the previous year’s (2022) budget allocation for fuel shall be earmarked for official business pertaining to MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs,” he said.

The Minister additionally introduced an extension of the moratorium on the acquisition of autos for government work.

All sport utility autos within the state fleet are to be restricted to cross-country journey, and all government autos can be registered with green number plates from January 2023, and the acquisition of autos can be restricted to regionally assembled vehicles.

“For the avoidance of doubt, purchase of new vehicles shall be restricted to locally assembled vehicles and only essential official foreign travel across government including SOEs shall be allowed, and no official foreign travel shall be allowed for board members,” he said.

The Minister directed all government establishments to submit a journey plan for the year 2023 by mid-December to the Chief of Staff, and instructed that so far as potential, conferences and workshops must be held inside the official environment or in government services.

Furthermore, all Government sponsored exterior coaching and Staff Development activities at the Office of the President, Ministries and SOEs should be placed on maintain for the 2023 fiscal year.

Mr Ofori-Atta introduced an additional lower in expenditure to have an effect on appointments together with wage freezes, and the suspension of sure allowances like housing, utilities, and clothes.

He declared a freeze on new tax waivers for overseas firms and the assessment of tax exemptions for free-zone, mining, oil and gasoline firms, and a suspension on hiring civil and public servants.

No new government company shall be established in 2023, and MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs should not print diaries, notepads, calendars, and other promotional merchandise for 2024.

The minister additionally placed on maintain all non-critical initiatives for 2023 Financial year.

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