Parliament to probe government’s COVID-19 expenditure
A private member’s motion for an inquiry into the expenditure made by the government since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has been admitted by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
The motion, which seeks to constitute a bi-partisan parliamentary committee chaired by a member of the Minority to probe COVID-19 expenditure, was filed by three Members of the Minority Caucus.
They include the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu; the Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak; and the Ranking Member on the Finance Committee, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson.
The Private Member’s Motion was captured in the order paper for Thursday, November 4th, 2021.
Previously, the Minority in Parliament had petitioned the Auditor General to audit government expenditure on food, and water supplied to the vulnerable during the three-week COVID-19 partial lockdown period.
The petition invoked Section 16 of the Audit Service Act, 2000 (Act 584) and called on the Auditor-General to undertake a Special Audit into the expenditure on the GHS 280.3 million allocated for the provision of food and water under the Coronavirus Alleviation Program (CAP).
That petition was jointly signed by the Ranking Member on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, and Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak. They indicated that the audit they anticipate will clear all doubts on how the funds were used.
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