Ken Ofori-Atta, the minister of finance, refuted accusations that the government had been secretive about its COVID-19 spending.
The Minister stated in a statement to Parliament on June 22, 2022, that all money allocated, mobilized, and used to combat the coronavirus pandemic have been fully reported in accordance with the government’s commitment to accountability and transparency.
His speech follows the Minority’s request for an audit of all COVID-19-related spending due to inconsistencies in the government’s expenditure statistics.
In response to queries, Mr. Ofori-Atta stated that the administration is upfront about the expenditures they make, would maintain an open-door policy, and welcomes any chance to work for the good of the country.
“Mr. Speaker, at this juncture, I wish to dispel the notion that there have been inconsistencies in government data on COVID-19. His Excellency the President intimated during that State of the Nation Address on 30th March, 2022, that we had mobilized about Gh¢17.7 billion since 2020 to fight the pandemic.
“We have subsequently reconciled the data and I can report that as of end-May, 2022, we have mobilized Gh¢18.19 billion to mitigate the effect of the pandemic. Again, when His Excellency the Vice President indicated on 7th April, 2022 at the National TESCON Conference that Government had spent Gh¢8.1 billion on Covid-19, it was within the context of expenditures for 2020 as I have already indicated,” the Minister said.
This the Minister explained that out of the Gh¢18.19 billion expended to mitigate the effect of the pandemic, GH¢1,550 million was disbursed under the Support to Households Programme, GH¢1,049 million was allocated to health response-supplies equipment and relief for health workers, GH¢600 million was released to begin the construction across the country and a further GH¢763.92 million has been released to continue the construction of the 111 district hospitals.