Govt appointees prefer Covid-19 stays with us for long – Ablakwa

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa has raised concerns over the expenditure for Covid-19 contained in the 2020 Budget Review.

The former Deputy Education Minister in a Facebook post is convinced that people in this current (NPP) administration are rather happy and would prefer for the Novel Corona Virus pandemic to last long for their parochial interest.

“Going through the 2020 Mid-Year Review, it seems to me that some people in government would prefer that COVID-19 stays with us for a very long time,” he stated.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta presented the 2020 mid-year budget review in which he announced that a sum of 50.2 million was spent on coked food provided to 400,000 beneficiaries under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme.

The Minister also indicated that GH¢272 was also spent on the national fumigation exercise during the out of Covid-19.

However, Mr Ablakwa is also of a firm belief that the amount spent on fumigation alone is too which as the second phase of the exercise has just commenced.

He also believes that Parliament and other anti-corruption agencies will ensure that public funds are not misappropriated.

“I sincerely hope that Parliament and anti-graft institutions would ensure that the corona fight does not become a corona heist,” Mr Ablakwa added.


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