February 27, 2021
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NDC MPs to move motion for a parliamentary inquiry into award of contract to Frontiers Healthcare Services

Minority in Parliament says it will move a motion for a bipartisan parliamentary inquiry into the award of a contract to Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited for Covid-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) by government.

Their move follows failure of about four ministerial nominees who appeared before the Appointments Committee to speak to the details on the contract.

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Addressing the press in Parliament, the Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa said the secrecy with which the contract is being shielded by government officials is cause for concern.

The motion by the Minority is expected to be moved when the House resumes from their break on March 2, 2021.

“Based on the evasiveness, the lack of conduct and sincerity, outright refusal by nominees about this contract and the contradiction, and comedy of unreliable referrals that every nominee appears to be giving us, we have decided as a caucus that when the House reconvenes, we are going to move a motion demanding a full-scale inquiry into the Frontiers Healthcare Services contract at the Airport,” he said.

He explained that “Initially the Health Minister told us that Presidential taskforce and Ghana Health Service, the second different entity is when the Chief Procurement Advisor to the President, Adwoa Safo referred us to the Minister of Finance. Yesterday, we received a third referral from Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah; this time the Ghana Airport Company Limited.”

The North Tongu MP also accused government of breaching Section 41 of the PPA Act.

He also indicated that the Fees and Charges Act and Section 11 have also being flouted.

“Already all the laws have been broken so far as this contract is concerned. The $150 that is being charged needs to be approved by the House, but it wasn’t approved by Parliament. So this $150 charge is illegal,” he emphasised.

Source: Ghana News

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