Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa Writes

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So the Finance Minister has finally reported to Parliament this afternoon following our demand last week that he briefs the House on the $100million President Akufo-Addo in his first presidential address to the nation said has been made available to enhance Ghana’s Coronavirus preparedness and response plan.

It turns out we don’t have the money and that we are relying on applications Government has made to the World Bank and the IMF. The Minister added: “we are also discussing with other multilateral and bilateral partners on potential assistance to close the financing gap.”

This is not the level of sincerity, seriousness and commitment other Governments are demonstrating in combating the pandemic. One can now clearly understand why health practitioners of different categories across the nation continue to lament about the lack of basic protective equipment.

A terribly disappointing news, particularly, from a Government espousing a Ghana beyond aid philosophy.

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We are all determined to rally the nation beyond partisanship to defeat COVID-19, however, a sincerity and credibility deficit on the part of Government as lead actors would undermine genuine consensus and goodwill from all well-meaning quarters.

Coronavirus can be defeated but not with deception and hollow rhetoric.

Mr. President, we demand real and sincere commitment!

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