The Minority in Parliament has asked Auditor-General to conduct a special review of GHS280.3 million provided by the government for food, water and sanitation through the Coronavirus Alleviation Program (CAP).

In a letter to the Auditor General signed by the Minority Chief Whip, Mubarak Muntaka, and a senior member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson, on 3 June 2020, the minority requested, inter alia, a special review of costs:

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  1. The amount of GHS40 million allocated for the purchase and distribution of food packages and hot food for vulnerable groups during the lockdown.
    2. A total of GHS40.3 million allocated to the National Buffer Stock Company in Ghana for the purchase and distribution of dry food to vulnerable groups in the lockdown affected areas.
    3. The GHS200 million allocated for water and sanitation, specifically the amount spent on water tankers to deprived communities.

According to the letter, the minority claimed to have received evidence that some items meant for the vulnerable had been sold by government officials.

“The lack of coverage and poor processes in the distribution of free hot food and dry food to vulnerable groups and providing water to areas where the population is less fortunate has caused us to raise concerns that the government has not used this fund properly.”

“This is mainly because we have seen media reports about COVID-19 relief items sponsored by the government and meant for vulnerable people were being sold by the ruling New Patriotic Party officials in Kumasi and other parts of the country.”

“In addition, we have audio recordings from Kumasi-based Silva FM transmitters, where women in the Tafo Pankrono market confirm that eggs intended for distribution to vulnerable groups in the GAP are diverted by individuals and sold to the public. These have been linked to government officials in the region.” said the letter.

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