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People are using Covid-19 to engage in grand corruption – Kofi Bentil

Senior Vice President of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil has stated that some individuals are riding on the Covid-19 pandemic to exploit the country and engage in grand corrupt schemes.

Mr Bentil speaking on Newsfile, June 12, told JoyNews that both the past and current government have leveraged on crisis that hit the country and some cases, globally to indulge in shady activities.

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Covid-19 could increase corruption risks in Ghana

The Community Development Alliance (CDA) Ghana’s report has shown that the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana has created conditions in which corruption could flourish.

According to the CDA, the common cliché “we are not in normal times” by government officials served as an excuse to circumvent procurement regulations which heightened the corruption risk associated with governments response to fighting the pandemic.

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Claims we spent GHS1.7 billion on COVID-19 inaccurate – Government

This follows publications by some local media houses as well as a post by Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu, John Jinapor, that per the 2021 budget statement, only GHS1.7 billion of the allocated GHS19 billion for issues of COVID-19 in 2020 was utilized.

Media reports also suggested that the rest of the money was used for expenditures unrelated to COVID-19.

But speaking at a Press Conference, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, clarified that the amount quoted by the media was for just two items under the COVID-19 related expenditures.

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Investigate Frontiers Covid-19 testing contract at KIA – Vitus Azeem

Anti-graft campaigner Vitus Azeem is demanding a probe into circumstances leading to the signing of the Covid-19 testing contract at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

It follows details alleging that the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) was short-changed by Frontiers HealthCare Services which was contracted by the government to conduct Covid-19 tests.

Documents sighted by JoyNews show that the company agreed to pay $10 to the GACL per antigen test conducted.

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Ghana scores average mark on 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index

Ghana has scored an average mark of 43 out of 100 on the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International.

This left the country being ranked 75 out of 180 nations captured in the 2020 index.

The CPI draws upon 13 data sources which capture the assessment of experts and business executives on a number of corrupt behaviours in the public sector.

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In Ghana, Bribe Givers Are Not Corrupt -The Noguchi Covid Positive-Negative Saga

I have followed Mr Kofi Acheampong and Noguchi Memorial’s covid positive to negative test saga. And I am extremely concerned with some of the comments I have seen and heard on social media praising the ‘heroic act’ of Mr Acheampong.

About 95% of the comments, I have seen and heard on social media seem to apportion all the blames to Noguchi. I am not going to add to it apart from my concern that I do not understand why no arrest has been made up to this point. Why the Ghana CID have not sent a high-powered investigating team to Noguchi Memorial Institute. In a pandemic, which is sweeping across the world, I think this singular evidence of criminal act and breach of trust and confidence should receive a national priority.

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Investigate GHC3.6m Additional Feeding Cost of BECE Free Hotmeals – Akufo-Addo Urged

Mr. Edem Senanu, Co- Chair of the Citizens Movement Against Corruption, has called on President Akufo Addo to institute an immediate investigation into the discrepancies in the number of BECE candidates who have benefited from the free hot meals, discrepancies which raise the cost of the free meals by  about 3.6 million Ghana Cedis.

The disparities in the figures relate to a difference of 52,295 BECE candidates between the figure of 584,000 BECE candidates announced by President Akufo-Addo and 531,705 BECE candidates published by the West Africa Education Council (WAEC).

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W.H.O. labels COVID-19 related graft as murder

All 54 countries on the continent have been affected by the highly infectious COVID 19, with over 1.1 million cases and and 27,000 deaths according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

There have been allegations of corruption scandals involving personal protective equipment in Africa such as in Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa.

W.H.O. chief labels cases related to COVID 19 corruption as murder.

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BBC Africa Eye and Anas Aremeyaw Anas expose Covid-19 PPE racket

An Africa Eye undercover investigation has revealed that some staff at the Ridge hospital in Accra, Ghana have been selling vital PPE for personal profit.

As the pandemic reached Ghana, the country faced a severe lack of essential protective equipment like face shields, masks and suits.

As the Ghanaian government pushed hospitals to gather as much PPE as they could, the country rallied round to help. Donors provided thousands of items for frontline medical staff fighting the virus.

Yet, despite these efforts, over 200 doctors have been infected by Covid-19, with a lack of adequate PPE often cited as one of the causes.

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Akufo-Addo must fire Zongo Development Fund CEO over alleged procurement breaches – Edward Bawa

A member of Parliament’s Poverty Reduction Committee is calling for the arrest of Chief Executive for the Zongo Development Fund over alleged procurement breaches.

Edward Bawa also wants investigation into Arafat Sulemana Abdulai’s tenure at the Fund.

The MP’s call comes in the wake of a Corruption Watch investigation which uncovered that the Fund, headed by Arafat Sulemana Abdulai, engaged in malpractices in the purchase of goods, services and works worth ¢5 million.

The management of ZoDF allegedly superintended procurement breaches such as inflation of contract figures and breaching of entity head’s threshold.

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