A motion has been filed by the Minority in Parliament to look into the controversial deal for the purchase of Sputnik V vaccines at $20 instead of $10.
The motion states that although the transaction was an international and economic one within the meaning of Article 181 (5) of the Constitution, Parliament was not aware of such transaction.
The Minority side of the House therefore calls for a bipartisan probe into the issue.
This, according to them, would help to understand the procurement processes that were resorted to by the Ministry of Health to procure those vaccines at that exorbitant price.
“We are calling for bipartisan probe because for all intent and purposes, we think that transaction is an international and economic transaction within the meaning of Article 181 (5) of the Constitution,” it stated.
Addressing Parliament on Friday, June 18, 2021, Hon Haruna Iddrisu stated that the Minority “want to appreciate and understand the procurement processes that were used and more importantly to demand value-for-money for the Ghanaian taxpayer and that we are not just seeking to profit from COVID-19 with this questionable transaction.”
In a related development, Hon. Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, a Ranking Member of Parliament’s Committee on Health revealed to the House that he had earlier filed a question with regard to the purchase of Sputnik V vaccines at the rate of $19 and $20 per dose.
According to Hon. Mintah Akandoh, such procurement had generated high public interest and, therefore, appealed to the Speaker for the question to be captured in next week’s business statement.