The Minority in Parliament is demanding the immediate suspension of the contract agreement between government and Frontier Health Services at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
This, according to the NDC, is because the awarding of the contract was in breach of the country’s procurement law.
Addressing a press briefing today, the Minority Spokesperson on Health, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh alleged that the contract was awarded based on relations and not competence.
“Our sources indicate that Healthcare Solution Services Limited was incorporated on 3rd June, 2020.
“The company also received its certificate to commence business on the same day.
“Further investigations have shown that Healthcare Solution Services Limited is owned 100% by another company called ‘The Peters Family Company Ltd’.
“This company is registered in Dominican Republic, a notorious offshore/tax haven and investigations point to the fact that the company belongs to a Nigerian billionaire businessman called Benedict Peters.
“This opaque status of Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited clearly strengthens our position that the award of the contract to Frontier Healthcare Solution Services Limited is a grand scheme by the Akufo-Addo government and his family and friends to enrich themselves at the expense of people who are struggling to make ends means in this difficult time of Covid-19.
The MP for Juaboso also questioned why the contract was not awarded to Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research since the institution has been at the forefront of all Covid-19 testing in Ghana.
“Help us find out from the government if they have in anyway found the services of Noguchi to be suddenly below standard which cannot match the kind of tests being conducted at the KIA?
“If not, why then contract a private institution (Frontier Healthcare Services Ltd) who is said by IMANI Ghana, in their Press Conference on 21st September 2020 to have defied basic biomedical ethics and national laws, to make profits at the expense of a government institution (Noguchi Memorial Institute) who has been at the forefront since the outbreak of this pandemic?”
Mr. Mintah Akandoh also demanded a full-scale investigation into what he described as a “corrupt and cruel self-enriching stinking scheme” aimed at exploiting Ghanaians.
“How much out of the $150 charged each traveller goes to the state?
“The arrangements with Frontier Healthcare Services Ltd is a rip off.
“Moreover, nobody knows how the contract was awarded to this company, which was formed a few days to the lifting of travel restrictions and which has no certified laboratory in Ghana for the purpose of testing arriving passengers.
“In addition to these infractions, passengers who are unable to pay are detained or quarantined.
“This poses a serious risk to other users of the facility. This is a classic case of create, loot, and share by President Akufo-Addo and his family and friends.
“Such conduct is condemnable and we urge all well-meaning Ghanaians to condemn the insensitive and inhumane behaviour of the government,” he said.
Mr. Mintah also served notice that if nothing is done, the next NDC government will from January 7, 2021, not only abrogate the contract but will also “go after all those who have conspired to perpetrate the alleged grand scheme of wicked extortion on the good people of Ghana.”