President Nana Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed that his administration did not abuse COVID-19 funding, which were established to assist the nation in covering some of the costs associated with the epidemic.
The President believes it is imperative that we avoid losing the public’s trust by showing them that a situation that they were made to believe we were all in together was exploited for private benefit.
In 2020, the Minority Caucus in Parliament demanded an investigation of how much money the government spent on food and other relief efforts for the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme.
The opposition party worries that the money may have gone to the ruling party’s general election campaign that year.
The Auditor-General then performed an audit on the monies.
President Akufo-Addo expressed gratitude to people who donated money to the COVID-19 fund as well as their knowledge, time, and efforts to the battle against COVID during his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on March 8, 2023.
He emphasized that it is crucial to show clearly that the COVID monies were not misused because the economic effects of the epidemic are so extensive and lengthy.
“Mr Speaker, it was Government that asked for the COVID funds to be audited, and I can assure this House that nothing dishonourable was done with the COVID funds. The responses from the Ministers for Health and Finance, on January 23 and 25, 2023, respectively, have sufficiently laid to rest the queries from the Auditor General’s report, and I believe any objective scrutiny of these statements from the Health and Finance Ministries would justify this conclusion.”