COVID-19 was loot and share opportunity for NPP gov't — Haruna Iddrisu

The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has added his voice to the rot in the Auditor General's report on COVID-19 in the fight against the pandemic between the period of March 2020 and June 2022.

Haruna Iddrisu

He said the government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to loot and share national resources.

The Auditor-General (AG) has revealed that a total of GH¢11,750,683,059.11 was expended by the government during COVID-19.

The special audit report has been prepared under Section 16 of the Audit Service Act, 2000 (Act 584) for submission to Parliament.

According to the Auditor-General, 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.


It detailed the various expenditure made by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

Haruna Iddrisu who is the MP for Tamale South speaking on Joy News said the profligate spending captured in the A-G's report finally shows the extent of rot in the administration led by Nana Addo.

According to him, "81 million US dollars, money paid into UNICEF account for drugs not supplied three years on. You’ve seen over-invoicing from some state institutions. You've seen the Minister of Health not able to account for monies allocated to them in the name of emergency procurements. So we were right as a minority when we said that COVID was a loot and share opportunity for government, particularly in 2020..."

"You've seen them rent premises, lease properties, and pay GH¢15 to GH¢13 million in Adaklu. How much are the worth of a home there and you pay this quantum of money in the name of COVID that is even being utilized? So wasteful expenditure," he added.


It has also come to light through the A-G's report that the staff that senior management and other supporting staff of the Ministry of Information paid themselves GH¢151,500 as a COVID-19 risk allowance for coming to work during the lockdown period.

The A-G is therefore asking for a recovery of the money, emphasizing that regulation 78 of the Public Financial Management Regulations, 2019 provides that a Principal Spending Officer of a covered entity shall personally ensure payments in respect of that covered entity are valid, accurate, and legal. The said officer shall also ensure that evidence of services received, a certificate for work done and any other supporting documents exist.


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