The Minority in Parliament has kicked the COVID fund establish by President Akufo-Addo.
The fund is to assist frontline workers involved in the fight against Covid-19 and vulnerable Ghanaians who might be infected by the virus during these hard times the country is at the war front with Coronavirus.
According to the minority in parliament led by the ranking member of the Parliamentary Committee on Defenece &Interior, James Agalga, says it is not for nothing that the NADMO fund was established to provide the needed monetary assistant during emergency situations.
The legislator for Busila North noted in an interview on Asempa FM political show with OB, that the COVID-19 fund is just a duplication of existing funds and a gross misinterpretation of the constitution which the minority will draw the attention of government to when any bill is brought to parliament for approval.
He believes the Disaster fund should be operationalize in soliciting the help of the public in dealing with the issue of coronavirus in Ghana.
“I know the President’s intentions are good and he should be applauded for his efforts. But once again, when I pondered over the issue critically, I felt that this exercise of setting up a COVID-19 Fund was unnecessary in the first place. Why do I say so? You all aware that I had the occasion to file a question directed at the Minister of the Interior to appear before this House to appraise the House about the status of Disaster Fund set up under the NADMO Act, 2016″.
“When the Minister appeared, I think we are all witnesses to what transpired. He fumbled badly because the Fund set up under the NADMO Act, 2016 has not been operationalized. That particular Fund is meant for emergency situations like this. So, rather than set up a new Fund which needs to be taken through the legislative process – a law would have to be enacted by parliament to give legal effect to the COVID-19 Fund, I am of the view that the National Disaster Management Fund that was set up in 2016 ought to be operationalized. In short, the setting up of the COVID-19 Fund is duplicitous and thereby, unnecessary. Let us operationalize what is already in existence for this particular emergency situation”.
The Covid-19 was established by President Akufo-Addo and he has donated his three months salary to the fund with the Vice president of the Republic, following suit.