I use a seven-car convoy not 16 – Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, has refuted claims by the former rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei, that he uses 16 car convoy on his travels.

Prof. Adei, speaking at the 20th-anniversary celebrations of Morrison and Associations (an international audit firm), said he personally observed Bawumia’s convoy of about 16 Four Wheel Drives occupy both lanes on a trip to Cape Coast.

“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,” Prof. Adei threatened.

“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 od Prof can you give a distance between…”

However, in a statement signed by Frank Agyei-Twum, the Director of Communications at the Office of the Vice President said Dr Bawumia and his team only use a maximum of 7 cars on trips outside Accra.

The statement explained that the 7 vehicles include a leading police vehicle, security detail, Protocol, the media team and an ambulance.

“On this particular trip to Cape Coast, the Vice President used a total of 7 cars,” the statement noted.

“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 further added.

Below is the entire statement

VICE PRESIDENT USES A MAXIMUM OF 7 CARS, NOT 16 FOR TRAVELS OUTSIDE ACCRA.

The attention of the Office of the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has been drawn to a recent media publication following comments by Professor Stephen Adei, former Rector of GIMPA, that the convoy of the Vice President on a recent trip to Cape Coast consisted of 16 SUVs.

The Office would like to make it clear that the Vice President and his team use a maximum of 7 vehicles on trips outside Accra and not 16. The 7 vehicles include a leading police vehicle, security detail, Protocol, the media team and an ambulance. On this particular trip to Cape Coast, the Vice President used a total of 7 cars.

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.

Signed
Frank Agyei-Twum
Director of Communications
Office of the Vice President

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