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President Akufo-Addo cited for abusing COVID-19 funds

President Nana Akufo-Addo and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been cited for misusing US$2.1 billion money on corrupt deals in the latest report by the anti-corruption body Community Development Alliance (CDA – Ghana).

From March 2020 to April 2021, the CDA-Ghana has been monitoring Ghana’s response to address the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused a global scourge.

CDA-Ghana questions the number of deals the President Akufo-Addo’s government signed when the nation recorded its first case in March 2020 in a report titled; “Strengthening COVID-19 Accountability Mechanisms (SCAM).

“Government of Ghana has accessed and utilized GH¢12,440,710,000 ($2,144,950,000) from sources such as the World Bank, IMF, Ghana Stabilization Fund, Contingency Fund of the Stabilization Fund, Ghana Heritage Fund, Ghana Exim Bank, and the COVID-19 Trust Fund set up by the government,” the report sighted by Originalfmonline.com said.

Per the report, there were several procurement breaches in several of the contracts awarded in Ghana’s bid to curb down the spread of the virus.

“Contract awarded to four Ghanaian garment manufacturing companies who had been given loans of $10m through the Ghana Exim Bank to produce PPEs, face masks, medical scrubs, hospital gowns, and headgears was without tender and the companies had been selected. The companies were also not registered with the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) at the time of contract award.”

It further indicated that “a $1m contract awarded to develop the COVID-19 tracker app to two foreign companies namely iQuent Technologies and Ascend Digital Solutions (registered in Jersey, a tax haven) was irregular. The two companies were not legal persons in Ghana at the time of contract award, were not registered with the PPA, and did not go through tender.

“Contracts worth GH¢60m for fumigation services and logistics such as sanitisers, masks, dustbins, cleaning kits etc to all districts by the Ministry of Local Government from its allocation under the District Assemblies Common Fund for the 2020 fiscal year was mostly without tenders.

“Contract awarded to Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited to conduct Covid-19 antigen tests at the Kotoka International Airport was without tender, the company was not registered with PPA and unlicensed by the health facilities regulator, HEFRA.

“Contract for the provision of hot meals for 540,000 final students and teachers who sat for the 2020 WAS-SCE and BECE exams for three weeks was opaque, with no full disclosure of who were awarded these contracts, from which fund the contracts were awarded and whether the contracts went through the proper procurement processes.

“Contract for nation-wide disinfection and fumigation of over 464 markets was awarded to Zoomlion on a sole-source basis, in addition to another contract by the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to disinfect and fumigate over 850 High Schools across Ghana and 3700 schools in the Greater Accra region.”

Find below the full report:

Covid 19 Corruption Risk Assessement Report 2021

 

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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