Probe covid-19 expenditures -Speaker orders Finance and Health Committees

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The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Speaker Alban S.K Bagbin has ordered the committees of Finance and Health to very well probe the Covid-19 expenditures by the government.

Speaker stated this has end up vital to clean all “lingering doubts” at the matter. According to him, some agencies which include the Covid-19 Trust Fund acquired some budget and dispensed same on their own.

He defined that the Finance Ministry cannot be pressured to account for them on their behalf. Delivering his ruling, Speaker Bagbin, thus, charged the committees to expedite the work and file same to the plenary.

“We need to go beyond the minister and get in touch with the COVID-19 National Trust Fund to be able to unearth [the truth], and, therefore, there is the need for further investigation”, the Speaker said, adding: “With this, I direct that the Committee of Finance, ably supported by the Committee on Health, should investigate and inquire into the total receipts and how those funds were applied for the betterment of the people of this country.”

“It is very important for us to do that to allay the fears of Ghanaians, and this matter is of a serious concern. So I want to add that the committees shouldn’t expedite action on this matter and report.”

The Speaker has applauded the government for its management of the pandemic in the country.

He argued that even though some Members of Parliament contracted the virus, none died, unlike in erstwhile countries.

“Definitely, we know without those funds, I don’t know how many of us would have been alive by now, and we are lucky as a house that 275 of us survived at least for those of us who caught it including the Minister of Finance himself. We know some good Ghanaians quite painfully died, but we did far better than many countries in the world.”

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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