COVID-19 expenditure: Parliament to begin probe from February 15

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According to the opposition leader in the parliament, the house’s investigation into COVID-19 spending is anticipated to begin on February 15, 2023.

Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson claims that the COVID-19 investigation will be made public.

When the leadership from both sides of the house met with the press today, Wednesday, 8 February 2023, to detail the actions of the first meeting of the third session of parliament, which began on Tuesday, 7 February 2023, Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson made this revelation.

The minority have been seeking for an investigation of COVID-19 expenses since March 2022.

It comes after an audiotape on social media went viral in which a voice said to be that of Ms. Felicia Tetteh, the Northern Regional Vice-Chairperson of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), discussed how COVID monies were given to the party’s leadership and certain candidates.

The leaked audiotape has validated their relentless requests for an investigation, the then-Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu told media at a news conference on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

According to the Tamale South MP “makes our call for an investigation of the highly anomalous COVID expenditures to be probed.”

The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, “if he has any respect for the tenets and values of accountability and transparency, [must] authorise a public enquiry into how the over GHS19 billion was disbursed and utilized,” he said, adding that the expenditure must be “probed by parliament or by the Auditor-General.”

“We now comprehend how a proposal to investigate COVID by an institution, which should be the most fundamental institution and keeper of the public money, Parliament, will be dismissed even before birth, by players of the New Patriotic Party(NPP) political leadership,” the MP added.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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