A group calling itself Concerned Ghanaians has presented an online petition to former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor over their images on the rebranded bus rapid transit (BRT) buses.
The rebranding of the 116 buses has caused public uproar after it emerged that GH¢3.6 million was used for the exercise.
The petition submitted on Monday, December 21 appealed to the two former heads of state not to “approve of such an expenditure as well as the idea of placing your images on these buses”.
“We are thus humbly appealing to your good conscience to request that you direct that your images be taken off those buses.”
Find below the petition:
PETITION TO THEIR EXCELLENCIES, PRESIDENTS KUFFOUR AND RAWLINGS SEEKING TO HAVE THEIR IMAGES REMOVED FROM THE 116 BUS RAPID TRANSIT (BRT) BUSES.
It is with great dismay that we, as Concerned Ghanaians, have noticed the adorning of 116 government procured BRT buses with the portraits of the current and former presidents, namely John Evans Atta Mills, John Agyekum Kuffour, Jerry John Rawlings and John Dramani Mahama.
We believe that you will consider it profligate, as we do, that government spent a whopping GHC3.6m on this hubristic exercise. In the midst of our current economic problems as a nation, which caused the President to admonish Ghanaians to tighten their belts, we find that it is a wasteful expenditure to paste pictures of former presidents including the current president on these 116 buses at an individual cost of GHC31,000.
Knowing the good values of prudent financial management and good governance which you ascribe to, we are left with no doubt in our minds that you do not approve of such an expenditure as well as the idea of placing your images on these buses.
We are thus humbly appealing to your good conscience to request that you direct that your images be taken off those buses.
We, together with the growing number of online signatories to this petition, shall remain eternally grateful to you if you could grant us our petition.
God bless you and God bless Ghana.