The opposition Nationwide Democratic Congress (NDC) is asking the Auditor-Common Daniel Domelevo to conduct a unique audit into the expenditure of some ¢280.3 million invested on aid objects throughout the lockdown interval.
In accordance to the Minority practically a month following the lockdown, governing administration has unsuccessful to furnish the nation with how the funds had been used.
Addressing journalists at the maiden version of the party’s Weekly Press Briefing in Accra on Monday June 1, the Rating Member of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Mr Cassiel Ato Forson alleged that functionaries of the ruling NPP misappropriated the money intended for the susceptible.
“The minimal protection and haphazard implementation of these interventions in the course of the lockdown time period, specially the distribution of totally free hot foods and dry food to the susceptible, as very well as the provide of tankers of drinking water to deprived households, offers us lead to for issue that these money were being not used judiciously by federal government.
“This is specifically so, as we have sighted media reviews of condition-sponsored COVID reduction goods meant for the vulnerable, getting bought in the market place by functionaries of the ruling New Patriotic Celebration in Kumasi and other parts of the state.
“Indeed, we have in our possession, an audio recording from Kumasi dependent Silva FM, in which Current market women of all ages at Tafo Pankrono have confirmed that eggs meant for the susceptible underneath the CAP have been diverted and sold on the industry by folks related with certain federal government functionaries in the place.”
Mr. Ato Forson reported, whilst an audit will apparent the allegations and justify how the resources were used, a very similar exercise will have to be initiated into the dealings of the Covid-19 Have confidence in Fund set up by President Akufo-Addo to solicit resources to help in the fight versus the coronavirus.
“In this similar spirit of transparency and accountability, we call on President Akufo Addo to immediate the trustees of the COVID-19 Have faith in Fund to give a report to Ghanaians detailing the complete sum of donations they have so significantly been given and how they have been used to day.
“This in our perspective, will improve general public self esteem in the administration of the fund and really encourage much more persons to donate to the fund to support our collective battle versus the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Forson also accused governing administration of hiding behind the coronavirus condition in the country to have interaction in reckless borrowings and expenses.
“It is important to make the level that we are deeply worried about how the Akufo Addo govt is hiding driving the coronavirus condition in the state to engage in reckless borrowings and expenses, which portend wonderful risk for the country’s financial system.
“Only very last 7 days, we located out that government is printing GH¢10 billion by means of the Bank of Ghana to finance the budget on the blind facet of Parliament and without any legitimate justification.
“Indeed, the Governor of the Lender of Ghana has confirmed that the very first tranche of ¢5.5 billion has presently been advanced to government in very clear violation of the Bank of Ghana Act, 2002 (Act 612) and the Public Economical Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), he added.