The latest Auditor’s General report has left many mouths wide open after the disclosure that the government spent ¢10 billion of monies mobilized for Covid-19 activities on budget support.
The report revealed that a total of ¢21,844,189,185.24 was mobilized for the fight against Covid 19 out of which only ¢11,750,683,059.11 was spent on curbing the spread of the virus.
“On Covid-19 activities, we noted that ¢8,658,496,124.96 was spent in 2020, ¢3,084,311,725.45 in 2021, and ¢7,875,208.70 in 2022 to mitigate the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Ghana.
We noted that the Ministry of Health on behalf of the government of Ghana paid an amount of US$120,192,379.80 to UNICEF/AVAT for the supply of vaccines.
However, 5,109,600.00 doses of vaccines valued at US$38,322,000.00 were supplied to the National Cold Room leaving a difference of US$81,870,379.00 with UNICEF/AVAT.
We recommend that the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health should renegotiate with UNICEF/AVAT recover the outstanding amount,” the report said.
The shocking revelations have left many highly disappointed as they see no hope in recovering these monies.
Member of the Public Accounts Committee, Hon Kofi Adams speaking on Kessben Maakye with Kwame Appiah expressed worry about the findings bemoaning that the most unfortunate aspect of the situation is that the Government that has the prosecutorial powers does not have any desire to prosecute the persons involved in the mess.
The member of Parliament for the Buem Constituency thus urged the media to continue to keep the Government on their toes to do the needful actions.
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