The Ranking Member on the Health Committee in Parliament and Member of Parliament for the Nabdam Constituency, Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane, has indicated that President Akufo-Addo’s COVID-19 Update was a waste of time and a misdirection away from the real issues.
According to Dr. Nawaane, the president was playing internal politics rather than speaking to issues regarding the “alleged corrupt practices” some of his ministers and party members have alluded to during the pandemic.
Dr. Nawaane, who spoke on the Daybreak Upper East show on A1 Radio regarding the president’s 29th COVID-19 Update on Sunday, May 28, 2023, indicated that Ghanaians, including himself, were expecting the president to show proof or otherwise of the use of the COVID-19 funds and the accusations that followed.
“Of course, WHO and the Ghana Health Services have all informed us about COVID-19 and how we can go about our lives. So, in his update, we were expecting that he would give evidence or otherwise address the accusations made against some of his ministers and Party members of benefiting from the pandemic. But all that he was saying was how certain people within the party have helped him and all that. He was indirectly playing internal politics, and that was not good for his own party. Because every single Ghanaian knows that people made huge sums of money from COVID-19. Even the story about a party chairman in the Northern Region or so came out to say he made a lot of money. He was not talking about that.
He stressed further that “I don’t know what his aim is, but he has been struggling to clear his people out of the COVID-19 corruption act. I just don’t know why.”
Meanwhile, during the update, the president noted that a lot of money was spent on public education, public information, risk communication, and public and community engagements to keep the citizens abreast of the relevant information.
“Fellow Ghanaians, keeping us all informed about this most unpredictable virus was expensive”, the president explained, adding, “We must thank the Ministry of Information and its agencies and the National Commission for Civic Education for the exceptional work.”
He expressed gratitude, noting: “It took courage, and I am particularly happy that we reopened schools, colleges, and universities at the time we did in spite of the fears of some parents and the condemnation of our critics.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana