GHS32 million of Covid-19 funds spent on meetings that were supposed to be virtual – Mintah Akandoh

GHS32 million of Covid-19 funds spent on meetings that were supposed to be virtual – Mintah Akandoh

The Member of Parliament for the Juaboso constituency and Ranking Member on the Health Committee in Parliament Kwabena Mintah Akandoh is blaming the government for mismanaging the 2021 Covid-19 funds.

He revealed that the Minority is looking forward to tabling a motion in Ghana’s legislature to investigate the government’s spending on Covid-19 for the year.

Mr. Akandoh indicated how surprised he was that the government had used GHS32 million for only meetings and conferences contrary to the advice from the Health Ministry that meetings should be held virtually.

He complained of so many discrepancies and contradictions that the Minority Caucus got hold of on the government’s expenditure breakdown which demands some probe.

“They have used GHS32 million for meetings and conferences when the same Ghana Health Service was advocating and educating people to restrict movement and as much as possible hold virtual meetings… Our side of the house has sponsored a private motion to probe into the Covid-19 expenditure because it doesn’t add up. If you look at the entire expenditure breakdown it does not add up,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Covid-19 Trust Fund has rejected allegations of misappropriation of funds. The Trust Fund says reports of misappropriation are untrue and an attempt to denigrate the work of the Fund.

The Head of Communications at the Fund, Kwame Owusu Bempah, said its doors are open for public scrutiny.

“We received 59 million and we disbursed 49 million. We have details on every pesewa that we have spent and the organizations that we have spent it on and the purpose for which it was spent,” he said.

By: Stella Annan | myactiveonline.com Twitter @activetvgh

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