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Goverment’s COVID-19 expenditure must be audited – Haruna Iddrisu

The Minority in Parliament is initiating a motion to get all expenditures related to the fight against COVID-19 be audited thoroughly.

Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu who disclosed this to Eric Ahianyo on Ideas Exchange on TV XYZ recalled how the Akufo-Addo government promised to tackle graft head-on but has failed to ensure probity and accountability under his watch.

Ghana failed to make progress in the fight against corruption in the year 2021, as its score of 43 out of 100 in the year 2020 remained the same.

The West African country also ranked 73 out of 180 countries in the 2021 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI).  The score in 2021 becomes stagnation as the country had the same score in 2020.

It is for this reason that the Minority leader expressed disappointment in the Akufo-Addo government, assuring that his side of the House will not be cowered in situations where the government intends to be evasive on accountability

He said, unlike the seventh Parliament, things have changed in the 8th Parliament and the government ought to realise that and work in the interest of the country, given that both sides have 137 MPs each with an independent candidate.

“The dynamics have changed and there’s a fundamental paradigm shift in terms of democratic governance, they [the Majority] must accept it,” the Tamale South legislator stated.

“We have the SPUTNIK procurement which was in breach [procurement laws], we have Frontiers Health Services at the Kotoka International Airport which didn’t even go through procurement, so what about that? That only gives us the room to be convinced that this is selective justice applicable to some [and ] not applicable to others,” he said while recounting some scandals that led to financial loss to the state.

“When CHRAJ came out with a report on a public officer with huge sums of money in his account, what has happened to it? Under his [Akufo-Addo’s] watch, nothing…The PDS, what has happened and up till today they can’t reconcile the accounts, they don’t know what’s happening, nobody suffered; the oil, BOST [scandal] nothing happened. COVID, COVID, COVID, I dare people who believe that they are against graft and corruption to authorize a forensic audit into every COVID expenditure,” he added.

He hinted that the Minority was in the process of filing a motion to force the government to account to the people on what the funds were used for, saying “we’ll move a motion on it tomorrow, tomorrow. We are working on it and between tomorrow and next week, we should get it done.”

Watch the full interview below





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