“Come and Account For The COVID-19 Funds…” – Speaker To Finance Minister
The Speaker of Parliament on Thursday, June 16, 2022, stated in Parliament that all financial businesses have been put on hold until the Finance Minister has given the house a proper account for the COVID-19 funds.
In the words of the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Bagbin, there are a lot of questions which require answers from the Ministry of Finance and the Finance Minister is to account for them all.
The minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, who did not show up to Parliament this week was apparently directed by the Speaker to show up in Parliament, and account for the monies that the House approved to be used to lead the country, as response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A lot of questions have been raised in respect of that so he should come and account to the good people of Ghana, how that state resource has been applied by his Ministry to the benefit of the people. I did indicate that until that is done, the motion that requested the approval of this house, for more monies to be given him, that is his ministry, for the purpose of COVID-19 be on hold until he answers the questions, I think that still holds”. Said the Speaker.
He went on to to say, “I will go further to say that until the answer is provided, until he goes through the accountability process, we will not take that motion. With respect to the questions, well, today he has another quest before us, that will also be affected until he comes to respond to the questions and to submit the statement, given explanation, as to how that money has been applied, we will not entertain any business from that ministry, mark my words.”