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COVID-19 expenditure discrepancies: Ofori-Atta to answer to Parliament

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The Speaker of Parliament has ordered the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to come before the House of Representatives.

Alban Bagbin requests that the aforementioned Minister offer a comprehensive account of all funds allowed for expenditure during the COVID-19 epidemic.

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The instruction was issued when Kweku Kwarteng, chairman of the Finance Committee, submitted a proposal to approve €75 million for the COVID-19 health response initiative.

However, the Minority in Parliament fought the move, causing discord inside the chamber.

After listening to the members of Congress, the Speaker instructed the Finance Minister to account for the COVID-19 expenditures.

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Bagbin instructs Ken Ofori-Atta to appear before Parliament, according to JoyNews/AdomNews.
He emphasized that until this is completed, loan approval would be withheld.

“Therefore, I will conclude my argument by requesting the Minister of Finance to appear before the House and account for all funds allowed for the use of COVID-19 management.

“Only then would this proposal be brought up again for approval or disapproval,” he explained.

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According to Mr. Bagbin, the legislative branch has the authority to hold the executive accountable; therefore, his action is consistent with making the government transparent and answerable to the people.

“Ghanaians have been criticizing the executive branch of government for some of these issues, but I believe that Parliament is to blame. We have everything necessary to ensure the correct action is taken; therefore, it is Congress that is weak.

He went on to say that Parliament disapproves of the government’s decision to pursue a costly domestic loan.

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