Finance Minister gets approval to spend 1.2 billion on COVID-19
The Finance Committee of Parliament has granted the request by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to spend over GHC1.2 billion from the contingency fund in government’s fight against Covid-19 despite reservations by the Minority.
The Minister was in Parliament on Wednesday to present the policy document on the government’s Coronavirus Poverty Alleviation Programme (CAP).
According to him, GHC280 million will be spent on food packages and hot meals while GHC40 million be given to the National Buffer Stock Company.
He further noted additional ¢200 million will be used to cater for bills on water and sanitation and ¢241 will cover tax waiver for health personnel.
An additional GHC80 million will be spent on the allowance for health staff.
Two million will be used to cover transportation for health workers and GHC600 million will be disbursed as soft loans to businesses.
Chairman of the Finance Committee, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah says his office is writing a letter to authorise the Finance Minister to withdraw the money for spending.
Dr. Assibey says Article 177(1) of the 1992 Constitution, mandates the committee to grant approval of such nature without plenary approval.
By: Rashid Obodai Provencal