MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini

Member of Parliament for Tamale North has said government is wasting funds as the country’s Covid-19 case count is increasing and the virus is still spreading.

Alhassan Suhuyini said the Akufo-Addo government got lucky as international donors and well-meaning all contributed to the country to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the Tamale North MP said, “A number of missteps have been taken by this government and for me, what is more worrying is the amount of good money that we have thrown at this problem.

“The good Ghanaian money and even donor support that we have thrown at this,” Alhassan Suhuyini said on the Super Morning Show, Friday.

He added, “And yet the result we have is that our infection rate is going up and not showing signs of coming down.”

The legislator said there is nothing to show for amount of money that has been pumped into the fight partly because bad decisions by government have been made since the announcement to lift the lockdown.

“A decision is as good as its implementation. Secondly a decision is as good as its relevance. I was looking at the call that the minority has made to the Auditor-Genral to institute an audit to the funds that Parliament voted for the items, water, electricity and frontline health worker incentives. 

“What even went into the decision to make this available to the citizens for three months because we went on a lockdown and because of the consequences we anticipated the lockdown will bring up for the citizens to deal with, we decided to vote on money to give them water for three months and to give them electricity for three months.” 

“Only for the lockdown to be lifted in less than a month. So what kind of thinking went into approving funds for a lockdown that was initially thought to last three months?” Suhuyini queried. 

“Only for the lockdown to be lifted less than three months when the money has already been voted for. So, for example, the ¢40million that was to feed people in lockdown areas with cooked meals was anticipated to last for three months – what happened to that money after we came out of lockdown?”

“Even during the lockdown we saw the haphazard manner the way the implementation was done,” he added.

“The water, was another issue and even the definition of frontline health workers became a battle for all of us including the health professionals because it was not well thought before it was announced.