NDC gov’t to scrap fuel allowance, DSTV subscriptions – Mahama

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In the event that National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama wins in December, he has pledged to end government officials’ access to free fuel and other non-essential benefits.

The former president announced cost-cutting measures his administration would take to preserve the economy during a meeting with the EU Ambassador to Ghana. These included doing away with free DSTV subscriptions, utility bill payments, and gasoline allowances for officials.

The NDC flagbearer emphasised that these benefits are burdensome on the state’s finances and should be discontinued.

He added that government officials should bear the cost of such services just as ordinary citizens do.

“We will discontinue the payment of utility bills, fuel, DSTV, etc. as conditions of service for top government officials, directors, and the political class. We believe that people should take up paying their own electricity bills and water bills like every other Ghanaian does.

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“Unless you are using a government vehicle or on government assignment, you should buy your fuel if you are using your own car. And so we are going to discontinue that.”

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