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Saving the Public Purse from Wanton Misapplication on Christmas hampers...

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This is a humble call on the government to reiterate the ban on public expenditure on Christmas hampers and remind all public officials not to wastefully spend scarce tax-payer resources in that obnoxious manner.

We would recall that with the conviction that the use of state funds to buy Christmas hampers and gifts could compromise them, the late President John Atta Mills, in 2009, ordered various ministries to desist from that practice (, Abubakar Ibrahim, 14-06-2016, 08:06:20:pm).

Subsequently, in 2013, Former President John Mahama also reinforced the directive and extended it to cover government departments and agencies, as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) (Joy Business, Joseph Kobla Wemakor, 23-12-2014, 07:12:59:am).

In his piece titled “PURC grilled over ¢100,000 wastage on Christmas hamper[s]“, Abubakar Ibrahim noted that the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) was indicted in the AG’s report “for blowing ¢99,663 on the distribution of Christmas hampers”. He cited the AG’s report as follows:

“We observed that the amount of ¢99,663 for the purchase of the hampers was not retired or adjusted to the personal advance account of the imprest holder, instead the entire amount was expensed at the end of the year in violation of the provisions of FAR 288. This was due to the absence of a mechanism in place to ensure that such advances were retired promptly”.

Given the tendency of public officials to stubbornly flout rules and regulations, and probably under the impression that such regulations of the erstwhile administration may not be enforced even if it still applicable, there is high reason that some obstinate public officials are already planning to squander the public purse on the so-called Christmas Hampers, certainly for a small circle of well-connected public officials, in clear violation of the AG’s report and observations.

Let’s join the humble call on the government to maintain and remind all public officials about the ban on the spending of national resources, including internally generated funds, on Christmas hampers, before it is already underway.

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