The Bolgatanga, Nangodi, Bongo and Tongo (BONABOTO) Union, has repeated its call on the mandated institutions to bring into finality the case of the five missing vehicles at the Upper East Regional Health Directorate.
The Union members, who made the call at a Press Conference in Bolgatanga, expressed concern about the fabrication of stories on the matter by some media personnel and threatened legal action against such media personnel and their media houses.
The spokesperson for the Union, Mr Bob Sam Salifu, who read the statement on behalf of the group, stressed the need for the BNI, CHRAJ and the Ministry of Health to speed up the process by bringing into finality the case of the five missing vehicles at the Upper East Health Directorate to help prevent speculations and restore calm in the Region.
In 2016, the Union upon conducting its investigation and realizing that five project vehicles had gone missing after the transfer of the then Regional Director, Dr John Koku Awoonor-Williams, petitioned the BNI and the Commission on Human Rights Administrative of Justice to investigate and get the vehicles back to the Region for operations.
The Union in reaction to a recent media publication that alleged that two of the five missing vehicles were at the residency of the current Regional Director of Health, Dr Kofi Issah, and one being used by the wife, debunked that assertion.
They said the publication was untrue stressing, “Our Investigation revealed that the first allegation of one of the missing vehicles found in the house of the Regional Director was completely untrue. We established that the said car GN 3439-12 was never among the five vehicles which still remain administratively unaccounted for”
According to the group the Vehicles are GV 3520-09 Toyota Land Cruiser, GE9632-09VW Passat saloon car (official vehicle of the Regional Director), GV 9291-10 Mitsubishi Pajaro and GM 9929-13 Toyota Hilux (GHIP Project Vehicles) and GV 2914 Toyota (MOTECH Project Vehicle).
According to the Union, the GN3439-12 was being used by Dr Kofi Issah as his official vehicle ever since he assumed office as the Regional Director and that it was also not true as alleged, that the wife of Dr Issah was using one of the missing vehicles.
The group also debunked the allegation as carried by some sections of the media that it masterminded the transfer of Dr Awoonor Williams, the former Regional Director to pave way for the current Regional Director, Dr Kofi Issah.
“BONABOTO is a non-political, non-religious development-oriented association of like-minded people who have the singular interest of seeing to the holistic development of the BONABOTO area in particular, and Ghana in general. BONABOTO therefore does not support, or work with any individual or group to forward any other agenda, apart from that which directly contributes to the socio-economic upliftment of society,”the group said.
The Regional Public Relations Officer of BONABOTO, Mr Stanly Abopam, warned that BONABOTO would not countenance any Journalist or Media House that would want to tarnish the image of the Union by exploiting it for commercial purposes.
The Regional Chairman of BONABOTO, Mr Francis Atotono, who debunked the allegation that he attacked the Starr News Reporter of the Excellence In Broadcasting (EIB) Networks Media group, said the Union in the past had had fruitful relations with the Media, and urged media personnel not to allow themselves to be used by selfish individuals to tarnish their hard-won reputation
BONABOTO is a union of citizens who hail from the environs of the Bolgatanga, Bongo and Talensi-Nabdam Districts of the Upper-East Region of Ghana.