The Ministry of Works and Transport is yet to spend over N$180m to purchase vehicles under the operational and development budget, making it Government’s highest spender in the current financial year.
According to the latest edition of the Tender Board, the ministry’s budget stands at N$182m, which is an increase of N$1m from the 2012/13 budget.
The figure has been propelled by the recent Government decision to buy its top officials [at least] N$14.1m-worth of Mercedes Benz vehicles.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) follows Works with a budget of N$60m on new vehicles.
The Police Force comes third with a proposed fleet to cost N$47m, which is lower than last year’s N$50m while the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) comes fourth with N$42m, which is an increase of N$25m from last year’s N$17m.
The transport votes, which have been allocated a budget under N$10m for this fiscal year are the Ministry of Finance (MoF) with N$8m (down from N$27m), followed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, with N$5m, which has gone up by N$1m compared to last year.
The lowest from all the transport votes is the national council, with a budget of N$350 000, while the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is to spend N$680 000.
The overall Government Procurement Expenditure on motor vehicles has thus gone up by 9.75% in the current fiscal year, with N$466m from N$427m spent in the previous fiscal year (2012/13).