Health Ministry writes to Korle-Bu board to pay or return luxury vehicles

The Health Ministry has formally written to the board of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to return all nine luxury vehicles said to have been bought by the ministry.

This comes after the hospital’s senior staff association petitioned the President over concerns the management were misappropriating internally generated funds to but luxury cars.

Chairman of the Korle Bu’s board, Eddie Annan told Joy News last week they will not return the luxury cars because the ministry had not asked them to do so.

“The ministry didn’t direct us to return the cars. I haven’t gotten any letter from the minister asking us to return the cars.

“The minister had a different view to it completely not to return the cars. Our letter to the minister clearly stated that we needed the nine cars for the directors and deputy directors. So we sign agreement and bought the cars,” he explained

But a letter intercepted by Joy News confirms the Ministry has directed the beneficiaries of the cars to pay for them on hire purchase or return the cars.

The letter dated June 12, 2014 and signed by the Health Minister Sherry Aryittey and addressed to the chairman of the Board of Korle-Bu said based on earlier discussion between the minister and the chairman of the board on June 10, the beneficiary directors be made to pay for the cars in installment for seven years because there was no approval from the ministry that internally generated funds would be used  in purchasing the cars.

The letter said if the officers are not interested in paying on high purchase must then return the cars.

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