In order to educate Ghanaians about the government’s spending on COVID-19 and the present economic situation, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which is governed by the minority caucus in Parliament, has announced that it would hold a public hearing on February 7, 2023, followed by a roadshow.
The party claims that in order to discuss the ramifications of the COVID-19 expenditure during the public hearing, it will involve both the finance and health committees.
The action follows several violations noted in the Auditor General’s report on the government’s COVID-19 expenditures.
Dr. Ato Forson, the recently selected minority leader in Parliament, revealed this to the media on January 26, 2023.
“We wish to assure the people of Ghana that as part of our engagements with the finance and health committees, we have agreed to do a public hearing on the audit of the COVID-19 expenditure beginning on the 7th of February 2023.”
“At that point, we will pay due diligence to the duties given to us as the people of Ghana. Finally, we will also embark on a roadshow, where we will galvanise the people of Ghana, and educate them on the meaning of what this economic crisis is going to take us through,” Ato Forson noted.
Over GH21 billion was mobilized for the battle against COVID-19, according to the Auditor General’s report, but only GH5.5 billion was used for health.
However, the remaining funds were used for budget line items such as government programs like LEAP and Free SHS, among others.
Additionally, part of the money was used for unauthorized expenses or unfulfilled purchases.
Thus, it was advised that these sums be returned to the state in the audit report by the auditor general.