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Sputnik saga: Ken Ofori-Atta must face the music too – CSJ

A Pressure Group in Ghana, Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ) says the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta cannot be left out of the Sputnik payment brouhaha.

Accord to the Group, they are scandalised by revelations and findings contained in the Report of the Parliamentary Ad-hoc Committee that investigated the government’s deal in procuring some Three Hundred Thousand (300,000) Sputnik V Vaccines for inoculation of Ghanaians.

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The Group alleged that the Committee’s report revealed that a whopping amount of Two Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,800,000.00) had been released to the supplier through the Ministry of Finance.

“Hon Ken Ofori Atta must equally be made to face the music for issuing advanced payment to the Supplier without the consent of the contracting ministry,” CSJ disclosed in a statement seen by Capitalnewsonline.com and signed it’s Secretary, Awudu Ishaq.

The group questioned what Ken Ofori-Attah’s interest could be in the transaction that motivated him to ignore the Health Minister on such a decision.

“The rot and corrupt dealings under Akufo Addo have become one too many and something must be done about it. If Akufo Addo was committed to the fight against corruption, he would have by now sacked the Health Minister,” the group alleged.

Below is the full statement by CSJ

For Immediate Release
10/08/21

KEN OFORI ATTA IS AS GUILTY AS KWEKU AGYEMANG MANU; BOTH MUST BE HELD
TO ACCOUNT

The Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ) is scandalised by revelations and findings contained in the Report of the Parliamentary Ad-hoc Committee that investigated the ill-fated decision
by the Akufo Addo government to procure some Three Hundred Thousand (300,000) Sputnik V Vaccines for inoculation of Ghanaians.

It is worthy of note that the calls for an investigations were triggered by the appearance of the Health Minister, Hon Kwaku Agyemang Manu before Parliament where he virtually lied
about the details of the transaction as regards the unit cost of the vaccines as well as an advanced payment to the supplier Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum.

Whereas the unit price of the vaccine was an average of Ten Dollars ($10.00), the Hon Health Minister committed Ghana to a transaction of Nineteen Dollars ($19.00) which by any standard is on the high side and amounts to a fleece of the public purse which Akufo Addo promised to protect.

Hon Kwaku Agyemang Manu is on record to have told parliament that he was not aware of any payments made by the Ghana government to the private businessman in line with this transaction even though the Committee’s report revealed that a whopping amount of Two Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,800,000.00) had been released to the supplier through the Ministry of Finance.
This by any stretch of imagination amounts to a calculated attempt by officialdom to rip off the state and hence the people of Ghana who are reeling under very difficult conditions and being reminded all the time to tighten their belts and cope with these difficult times.
The CSJ notes that this unfortunate Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana rather offers a convenient leeway for the Akufo Addo government and its officials as well as cronies to loot the state coffers under the cloak of emergency as epitomised by the numerous smelly contracts and transactions being entered into which offer no value for money as the public procurement law is always side-stepped.
We are thus compelled to call on the Health Minister to resign with immediate effect if he has any conscience as his conduct does not make him fit for public office. This is the same man who lied about his Covid-19 positive status and further lied about the status of a generator at the UGMC.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta must equally be made to face the music for issuing advanced payment to the Supplier without the consent of the contracting ministry. What was his interest in the transaction that motivated him to ignore the Health Minister on such a decision?
The rot and corrupt dealings under Akufo Addo have become one too many and something must be done about it. If Akufo Addo was committed to the fight against corruption, he would have by now sacked the Health Minister. Unfortunately, we all know how he deals with his appointees who are caught up in such shady deals hence the need for the citizenry and civil society to put pressure on the Health Minister to resign.

…..signed…….
Awudu Ishaq
(Secretary-CSJ)

By: Isaac Dzidzoamenu/capitalnewsonline.com

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