NDC demands audit into COVID-19 Relief Fund
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called for a special audit into the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme.
The party wants a breakdown of the GHc40 million for the provision of hot meals and allocation of GHc40.3 million for the provision of dry food to support vulnerable communities during the lockdown.
The party further wants an audit into how GHc200 million was allocated for the provision of water and sanitation during the partial lockdown.
The request came at a the first edition of the party’s weekly press conference it has planned to organised to address issues of concern to them.
The press conference was addressed by Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak.
Meanwhile, the Minority’s spokesperson on Finance Cassiel Ato Forson wants the Auditor-General to probe the matter.
He said this is important in view of the “unprecedented levels of profligacy, waste and corruption Ghanaians have witnessed under the Akufo-Addo government in the last three and a half years”.
“The low coverage and haphazard implementation of these interventions during the lockdown period, specifically the distribution of free hot meals and dry food to the vulnerable, as well as the supply of tankers of water to deprived households, give us cause for concern that these funds were not judiciously utilised by the government,” he added.
“Indeed, we have in our possession, an audio recording from Kumasi based Silva FM, in which Market women at Tafo Pankrono have confirmed that eggs meant for the vulnerable under the CAP have been diverted and sold on the market by persons associated with certain government functionaries in the area”, he said.