The National health Insurance Authority is in the news over an AUDIT report alleging the award of double contracts and the payment of 400,000 cedis to members of the Health Committee of Parliament for sensitization programmes in their constituencies during last Christmas.
According to the report, the Authority is likely to lose close to 23 million cedis, and over 3 million dollars, through duplication and unsubstantiated payments.
In four separate audit observation memos dated May 3, 2018 and signed by the leader of the audit service team at the NHIA, the audit service chastised management of the Authority for consistently failing to submit copies of their internal audit reports to the Auditor General as dictated by the internal audit agency act.
It also indicted NHIA for abusing the Single Source Procurement method.
Deputy Ranking Member on the Health Committee of Parliament and MP for Binduri, Kugnab Lem Baba says the revelation, is just a tip of the iceberg and that several of such fruitless investigations into contracts awarded by the previous administration is draining the state of resources meant for development.
Kugnab Lem Baba who spoke to XYZ News said the money wasted could have been used to pay arrears owed service providers.
The audit found no acknowledgement of the receipt of funds, no activity budget detailing the exact work to be undertaken and no activity report after the special exercise to support the payment.
But the MP said government must not sweep these serious claims under the carpet, urging the government to thoroughly investigate the matter.