Sammy Gyamfi fires gov’t for wasteful Covid expenses

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Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), retaliated against Vice President Bawumia and President Akufo Addo for mismanaging the Covid funds that were raised during the pandemic.

According to him, the government raised enough funds during the period to fight against the pandemic but for their wasteful nature mismanaged the funds.

A tweet by the outspoken communications officer, reads, “@MBawumia @NAkufoAddo

You raised GHS21.8b to fight COVID but spent only GHS11.7b on COVID activities. You used the remaining GHS10b on “Budget Support”-the euphemism for your wasteful election expenses. Only to turn around to blame COVID for all your failings. Have you no shame?”

His reaction comes on the back of the auditor general’s report on the purchase of Covid vaccines worth $81M but was not delivered yet.

According to the A-G, the government paid over $120m to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) but only $38m worth was delivered.

The Auditor-General has thus recommended to the Chief Director of the Health Ministry to renegotiate and recover the outstanding balance.

This, according to the A-G must be done immediately to ensure the amount is recovered to the state.

“We noted that the Ministry of Health on behalf of the government of Ghana paid an amount of $120,192,379.80 to UNICEF/AVAT for the supply of vaccines.

“However, 5,109,600.00 doses of vaccines valued at $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 to recover the outstanding amount,” he said.


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