Covid-19: Tell Ghanaians how you counted people during chaotic food sharing – Ablakwa to gov’t

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, MP for North Tongu

North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has expressed shock at the 3,214,723 figure given as the number of Ghanaians who benefited from the sharing of food at the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

In 2020 when the government announced a lockdown to help in the fight against the pandemic, funds were released for food to be shared to some needy Ghanaians.

After visiting Parliament on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, to give an account of how the government used Covid funds, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta disclosed that 3,214,723 persons benefited from the food at a cost of GHS54.34 per head.

Not convinced by the figures, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa wants the government to come out and share the secret it used to arrive at the numbers.

“We remember the chaotic scenes from government’s food distribution in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi during lockdown; however, Ken Ofori-Atta claimed in Parliament yesterday that government served 3,214,723 persons — that’s more than 10% of Ghana’s current population.

“He provided the total cost as a staggering GHS54.34million (for hot food and dry food).

“Can government kindly share their secret with the citizenry on how they did the counting despite the chaos and obvious lack of record-keeping?

“It seems Parliament’s joint committee of Health and Finance have been offered a really tough assignment,” a post on the Facebook page of Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said on Thursday.

The Minority in Parliament is dissatisfied with the account given by the Finance Minister on the Covid expenditure.

The group has demanded that an ad-hoc committee be constituted to probe how the government has expended Covid funds.

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