We didn’t misuse COVID-19 funds-President Akufo-Addo

We didn’t misuse COVID-19 funds-President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has debunked claims that his government misused the COVID-19 funds.

Earlier, the audit report by  the Auditor General, cited the Information Ministry improperly compensated its employees GH¢151,500 for COVID-19 insurance while failing to deliver $81 million worth of government-paid vaccines.

The state among other things is said to have spent US$607,419.02 out of US$4,049,460.12 for the acquisition of 26 ambulances, but the vehicles were never delivered.

Delivering the State of the Nation’s address in Parliament on wednesday,  President Akufo-Addo defended the spending.

“The economic consequences of the pandemic have been devastating. It is precisely because the economic fallout from the pandemic was so widespread and long-lasting that it is important to show clearly that the COVID funds were not misused.”

He added that “It is critical that we do not lose the confidence of the people that a crisis that they were led to believe we were all in together was abused for personal gain.”

The President also endorsed the Health and Finance Ministries’ justifications for the spending, “Mr Speaker, it was Government that asked for the COVID funds to be audited, and I can assure this House that nothing dishonourable was done with the COVID funds.” 

He added that “the responses from the Ministers for Health and Finance, on January 23 and 25, 2023, respectively, have sufficiently laid to rest the queries from the Auditor General’s report, and I believe any objective scrutiny of these statements from the Health and Finance Ministries would justify this conclusion.”

By Edem Mensah -Tsotorme

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