The Minority in Parliament has indicted President Akufo Addo and his “family and friends”, particularly Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta as directly profiting from the COVID-19 interventions, including the outrageous COVID-19 testing being undertaken by Frontiers Health Care Solutions Limited at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and the insurance package announced for health workers.
The Minority in Parliament, led by the Minority Leady, Haruna Iddrisu, today October 22, 2020, unfolded the labyrinth of secrecy surrounding the identity of the beneficial owner of Frontiers Health Care, saying the President and his relatives are profiting from the COVID-19 misery.
The Minority specifically mentioned Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and Benedict Peters, a friend of President Akufo Addo as direct beneficiaries of the multi-billion-cedi COVID-19 intervention programmes instituted by the Akufo Addo administration.
Whatsup News has access to damning documents intercepted during investigations into those who are profiting from Ghana’s COVID-19 misery.
Based on available investigations into the matter, the Minority says the revelations is a damning “Create, Loot and Share” scheme by “Family and Friends” of President Akufo Addo.
“…Nana Akufo Addo should be aware that his primary responsibility is to contain a public health pandemic and not to profit out of it, even for purposes of a friend or family. That is not the essence of governance,” Haruna Iddrissu told journalists today.
He outlined how the government sole-sourced the contentious contract to Frontier Health Services, despite the fact that the company did not have any laboratory.
The company is using both staff and facilities of the Noguchi Memorial Medical Research Institute (NMMRI) and yet, pays Noguchi a paltry US$ 4 out of the US$ 150 and pockets the rest. That rip-off arrangement was facilitated by Professor William Kwabena Ampofo, the Coordinator of the National Laboratory for COVID 19 Testing at Noguchi. Incidentally, Prof. Ampofo is a cousin to President Akufo Addo and he is alleged to be pocketing some part of the COVID-19 testing funds.
“Why didn’t you just award the contract to Noguchi, and you went on to give it to Frontiers Health Care Services Limited and they will then sublet or give the contract to Noguchi which was already conducting the exercise on behalf of Government,” Haruna Iddrisu queried.
“So if you wanted to do due diligence, you award a contract to a company that has no laboratory and yet will depend on the laboratory of another entity to undertake the exercise. it can only be a matter of rewarding a friend,” the Minority Leader said.
On the other hand, the Insurance package for frontline workers in the COVID-19 test has been hijacked by the insurance company owned by Ken Ofori-Atta and his wife, Angela Ofori-Atta.
Whatsup News can report that Mr. Ofori-Atta used a ghost company to front for Enterprise Life Insurance to capture the Ghc10.3million insurance package for the frontline health workers. Out of this amount, Mr. Ofori-Atta’s company is pocketing a whopping GHC 2.4 million as fees and commission. This works out to over 20% of the entire benefits to health workers.
Such a high commission is questionable for the transaction, Whatsup News gathered.
According to the Minority, the Insurance contract was first announced on the 28th of March by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, ahead of an announcement by President Akufo-Addo on 5th of April.
Exactly nine (9) days after the President’s announcement, the GHC 10 million insurance package was lodged in Ken Ofori-Atta’s Enterprise accounts.
Nobody knows how Enterprise Life secured the contract. There is a stinky paper trail that reveals an express attempt at state capture of the funds meant for COVID-19 frontline health workers.
Whatsup News is in possession of some of these documents and will release details in subsequent editions.