Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Friday, February 4, 2022 launched the e-Travel Card.
The card he disclosed is to facilitate the cashless disbursement of travel allowance and other payments for local and foreign trips of public officials.
He said all officials will be issued with the e-Travel card and their imprest and per diem for travel will automatically be put on the card for use.
Speaking at the launch he lamented that since Independence, public officials are provided cash for their imprest when they travel.
This system he noted has many associated problems including the risks of carrying cash, fraud in the disbursement of imprest, the increasing use of cashless payment channels in many jurisdictions, ineffective monitoring and controls, etc.
But the launch of the card will resolve the challenge, he stated.
“The e-Travel Card is expected to deliver several benefits, including the elimination of the risk of carrying cash; transparency and ease of accountability; timely retirement of accountable Imprest; and improved monitoring and controls of budgetary allocations for official travels to avoid overspending.
The era of cash for travel in the public sector will soon be over, bringing further transparency and accountability in the use of public funds,” he declared.