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Too many discrepancies in Finance Minister’s account of Covid funds; we need further inquiry – Haruna Iddrisu

Leader of the Minority in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu has called for an open public inquiry into the Covid funds as expended by the government.

After failing to appear before Parliament on the back of several invitations, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta finally gave respect to Parliament to report and give an account of how Covid funds have been expended.

Dissatisfied with the account given by the Finance Minister today, the Minority in Parliament is demanding a further breakdown, insisting that the figures given by Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta does not add up.

Passing his comments after listening to the Minister, Haruna Iddrisu told Speaker Alban Bagbin that the discrepancies in the account rendered are too much.

He said to get to the bottom of the matter, a probe and an open public inquiry into Covid expenditure beyond the headline numbers of the Minister of Finance should be constituted.

“Mr. Speaker I’m also holding with me here message on the State of the Nation by HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented to this August house Wednesday 30th March 2022at Parliament House and Mr. Speaker I refer you to page and I quote ‘In all data from the Ministry of Finance tells us that and amount of GHS17.7 billion or 4.6% of GDP has been spent in containing the pandemic since 2020’. Then the Minister of Finance GHS12 billion. Who should we believe? The President of the Minister?

“So Mr. Speaker, for us, a probe and an open public inquiry into Covid expenditure beyond the headline numbers of the Minister of Finance is inevitable and an imperative. We are not looking for headline figures. I spent 12 billion, 12 billion on what? We need the expenditure returns and expenditure details of every amount,” Hon. Haruna Iddrisu stressed.

Disagreeing with the stance of the Minority, Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin insisted the account given by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is factual.

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