Okudzeto Ablakwa writes: Bring $100m coronavirus budget to Parliament, provide breakdown


Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa wants the $100m set aside for the fight against the coronavirus disease, to be sent to Parliament for scrutiny and approval. He’s asking the leadership of Parliament to summon the Finance Minister before the House on the matter.

Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa made this known in a Facebook post on his Facebook page yesterday [March 13, 2020].

Read his full post below:

Following Ghana’s first confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), I expressed concern in Parliament earlier today that since the Presidential directive last Wednesday for $100million to be made available by the Finance Minister for our nation’s COVID-19 pandemic preparedness, the people’s representatives have not been briefed on the source and specific breakdown of how the facility will be utilized neither have the necessary approvals been sought and obtained from Parliament.

I was particularly unnerved that the Finance Minister had not been programmed in the Business Statement for next week to discharge this crucial obligation.

I also prayed the Rt. Hon. Speaker to set up a special multi-sectoral committee of Parliament to monitor and carry out oversight to ensure that preparedness measures by the Executive are satisfactory and that we are all adequately prepared as a country.

I note with some degree of contentment that on my first concern: the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo conceded and assured the House that the needed adjustments will be made for the Finance Minister to appear before the House next week.

On the second matter: the Speaker ruled that the Health Committee should activate urgent oversight, however, the committee should co-opt other MPs they consider well-versed and helpful in executing this onerous task.

Let us all continue to do our part to keep our dear country safe. This is a battle we can win!

We must continue to avoid panic opting for rational and decisive actions.

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