National Democratic Congress’ members on the Appointments Committee have threatened to resoundingly vote against the approval of the Information, Gender, Health, Transport, and Ministers-designate.
According to the NDC MPs, the move is in response to their act of commission and omission in the Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services contract.
The Minority side in Parliament points figure at Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Adwoa Safo, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu and Kwaku Ofori Asiamah for deliberating hiding critical information relating to the contract of the company administering Covid-19 antigen at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
The NDC lawmakers believe the said Ministers-designate were at a point engaged before the contract was awarded to the Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited but denied any knowledge of it when they appeared before the 26-member committee.
“It is totally unconscionable that when people are dying and when there is a pandemic a cabal will emerge and their only interest is profiteering. This is outright disregard for our laws,” Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, member of the Committee told Joy News in an interview.
The North Tongu lawmaker added, “This will play a significant part in our considerations, particularly, Ministers who had direct responsibility for health, procurement for maintaining the compliance and safety standards. So you can be assured that it will be a crucial factor when we take a vote.”
Meanwhile, a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ms Frances Asiam has asked Parliament to launch a full-scale probe into the business of Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited.
Ms Asiam said the investigation has become necessary due to the continues surge in the number of the country’s COVID-19 cases despite the close of land borders and mandatory Covid-19 testing at the airport.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on Monday, 15 February 2021, the CEO of Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited urged Parliament to summon the company to provide answers to the numerous questions being asked.
“There are security issues involved here. I believe that if a company is contracted to do a job and there are issues with the job they must be made to account and take them on. This is no partisan issue. They should be taken on because we have the parliamentary select committees wherever they are who can summon everybody before them to explain. The security people are there they can look at it: The Ministry of Health is there. Ghana Health Service they cannot know to look at it, so, it is us citizens; we raise the issues,” she told Annie Efua Ampofo, the show host.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams