President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s decision to devote a non-existent $100 million for the fight against the deadly coronavirus was a complete scam, this is according to the National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi.
“You could not get $35 million for projects but went to devote about $100 million available for the fight against coronavirus. The said amount that was supposed to be disbursed by the Finance Minister for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs), equip isolation centres, and procure hand sanitizers among others”, he disclosed.
The NDC executive said the
President was lauded by all for making such a bold decision but were disappointed
when it emerged that the amount in question was not readily available for use.
“When the Finance Minister
went to parliament it came out that what the President said was ‘419’, it was a
lie because there was no such any amount anywhere. The government indicated it
was going to borrow. It manifest the fact that President Akufo-Addo is sleeping
on the job and taking the health needs of Ghanaians of for granted”, he stated.
He stressed that if government is able to raise money for
the new voters’ register, then it should be able to raise enough money to
contain the health needs of the ordinary Ghanaians having touted his Ghana beyond
It would be recalled that the President during his maiden
address on the coronavirus announced the $100 million fund for the covid-19
fight and directed his finance Minister to release same.
“At my prompting, the Minister for Finance has
made available the cedi equivalent of $100 million to enhance our coronavirus
preparedness and response plan.
That is to fund the expansion of
infrastructure, purchase of materials and equipment and public education,”
President Akufo-Addo said.