The Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, has indicated that the ban on procurement of Christmas gifts and presents with government funds was still in force.
Government announced last year that it had banned ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) from using allocated funds to provide Christmas gifts.
In a statement released yesterday, the communications minister reminded government agencies of the ban, urging them to take note and comply.
Dr Omane Boamah said the 2013 directive targeting all MDAs financed from the consolidated fund ‘is still in force and all concerned are expected to comply.’
However, it is not clear whether President John Mahama had also issued a directive to the effect that nobody should present him with Christmas gifts.
It’s customary for private firms, government departments and individuals to send elaborate gift baskets, popularly known as hampers, to business colleagues and contacts as well as individuals for their support.
Most of the gifts also land at the presidency.
It has been estimated that these hampers cost government GH¢11 million.
Source: Daily Guide