Minority Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu has doubted the accuracy of the number of Covid-19 tests conducted by Frontiers Healthcare Services Limited, since the onset of the pandemic, as put out by the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah.

“The numbers that the transport Minister is providing appears at variance with the numbers that we had worked with from the Airport Company’s own website in relation to the number of people who had come in. It’s quite huge. It’s almost 10,000 from the work we have done,” Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa alleged.

According to him, information on how many Ghanaians resident abroad, traveled to Ghana since the onset of the pandemic, should be provided by the Ghana Airport Company for reconciliation.

He spoke on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday. The focus of the discussion on the Show was the operations of Frontiers Healthcare Services at the Kotoka International Airport.

Another concern he raised was in relation to the number of Ghanaians who were evacuated by the government from abroad into the country during the peak of the pandemic.

“So far, we don’t have an indication that this figure was factored into the calculations that were carried out. Which will then mean that Frontiers has even made much more than they are claiming to have made,” he said.

Mr Ablakwa referred to a conversation he had with the Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, during which the latter told him, that her Ministry was not solely in charge of evacuations, although they carried out some.

“But National Security also carried out evacuations. And she [Mrs Botchway] surmises that the National Security evacuations might even be more than what they (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) did. So, we don’t have the total figure of how many Ghanaians were evacuated.

“During these evacuations, we all know there was testing, we isolated them and all of that. Is it the case that there was some special arrangement for that, and that did not go through Frontiers? We have not been told.” he said.

He said that a thorough investigation has to be conducted.

“That is why we are filing a motion for a by-partisan enquiry so we can have a full scale investigation into this matter.  Beginning from how Frontiers was selected. We were told Frontiers was hurriedly incorporated.”

He said that the motion has been filed but awaiting approval from the Speaker’s Office.

“You have me in there, you have the Honorable Haruna Iddrisu, you have the Honorable Mintah Akandoh. We are the sponsors of the motion,” he said