A number of policemen and officials of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) were yesterday deployed at strategic locations in the national capital to ensure the two agencies get a decent cash flow to purchase Christmas hampers.
The operation, code-named “Operation Let Hampers Flow”, was necessitated by the government’s directive to stop the use of public funds for Christmas hampers.
The directive which was issued earlier this week has left certain government officials in a tight corner. The usual practice for these top civil servants was to have the hampers purchased with public funds delivered to their in-laws and girlfriends via their official drivers.
Their Christmas routine was thrown into uncertainty with this unexpected government directive. But by their usual resourcefulness, officials of the Police Service and AMA came up with this clever operation.
The personnel worked on some key streets including the Winneba-Mallam Junction road, Nsawam-Ofankor road, Madina-Adentan, Tetteh Quarshie-Spintex-Accra Polo Court, Danquah Circle and El Wak road. And the main targets were taxi and trotro drivers and borgas with DV number plates.
An official statement said some of the proceeds will be used to purchase akomfem for the junior service men who spend their day in the blazing sun doing the same job a traffic light does.