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Minority accuses President Akufo-Addo over Ghana’s preparedness to fight coronavirus

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The Minority in Parliament has accused the President of paying lip service to the country’s preparedness to fight coronavirus.

Reacting to the President’s Wednesday, March 11 message on the pandemic, Ranking Member on the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh said there are still gaps in the country’s preparedness.

President Akufo-Addo said he has directed the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to make available the cedi equivalent of $100 million to enhance Ghana’s Coronavirus preparedness and response plan.

This amount, according to President Akufo-Addo, “is to fund expansion of infrastructure, purchase of materials and equipment, and public education.”

“I have ordered a suspension of all international travels by public officials. Except for critical assignments, which will have to be authorised by the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, all public officials are to remain within the jurisdiction, until further notice,” the President continued.

He said the President must come forth with the source of funds for the $100 million he announced and what specific uses the money will be put to.

But Kwabena Mintah-Akandoh, Ranking Member- Health Committee, MP for Juaboso Constituency who is also a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), on Thursday said the President must come forth with the source of funds for the $100 million he announced and what specific uses the money will be put to.

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