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Gov’t accused of misusing $2.1bn Covid cash on corrupt deals

A corruption risk assessment report by the Community Development Alliance (CDA-Ghana) and the Commonwealth Foundation, has cited the Akufo-Addo led government for spending over US$2.1 billion COVID-19 money on corrupt deals.

The report titled ‘Strengthening COVID-19 Accountability Mechanisms (SCAM)’ and sighted by questions the number of deals by Ghana’s government when the nation recorded its first two cases of Coronavirus in March 2020.

The report state that investigations conducted revealed that there were several irregular procurements in several of the contracts awarded.

“Contract awarded to four Ghanaian garment manufacturing companies who had been given loans of $10m through the Ghana Exim Bank to produce PPEs, face masks, medical scrubs, hospital gowns and headgears was without tender and the companies had been selected. The companies were also not registered with the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) at the time of contract award.”

“Contracts worth GH¢60m for fumigation services and logistics such as sanitisers, masks, dustbins, cleaning kits etc to all districts by the Ministry of Local Government from its allocation under the District Assemblies Common Fund for the 2020 fiscal year was mostly without tenders."

April 23, 2021