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Sputnik V deal is a bad deal


 The Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako Jnr., has instructed the Minister with respect to Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu to leave office for breaking obtainment measures while attempting to get Sputnik V antibodies for Ghana through brokers. 

Agyeman-Manu, a sanctioned administration bookkeeper, has been broadly censured after he recognized that he neglected to look for parliamentary endorsement preceding setting off measures for the bungled Sputnik V antibody bargain. 

The parliamentary board of trustees entrusted to test the arrangement additionally presented its report to Parliament on Friday, August 6, 2021, and suggested in addition to other things that the Finance Ministry ought to recover the more than $2 million paid the mediators who should supply the immunizations to Ghana. 

The Committee tracked down that the Ministry of Health didn't conform to the necessities of Article 181(5) of the Constitution in regard of its concurrence with a mediator, Messrs Al Maktoum. 

The not really set in stone that the arrangements were gone into without earlier endorsement by the Public Procurement Authority under Sections 40 and 41 of Act 663. 

"The Agreements resulting from the exchanges have been submitted to the PPA for approval… Indeed, at the hour of finishing its work, PPA was at this point to do the endorsement." 

"The panel encourages the Minister for Finance to find ways to recuperate the cash because of the Republic in regard of the measure of US$2,850,000.00 (Cedi likeness GH¢16,331,640.00) being the expense of the Sputnik-V antibodies that were proposed to be obtained," the Committee suggested. 

Mr. Kwaku Baako who was talking on Joy FM's Newsfile program on Saturday, August 7, 2021, depicted the whole arrangement as an "unmitigated calamity". 

The pro telecaster said Agyeman-Manu, who is a previous Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, should leave to stay away from additional humiliation. 

"It is an unmitigated calamity. [There was] No bureau endorsement, no PPA endorsement, and no parliamentary endorsement. It is a wreck. It was an unmitigated calamity. He should do the decent thing and leave since he can't protect it. In case he was disapproved to leave, I will decide in favor of him." 


As Ghana battled to arrive at its objective of immunizing 20 million residents, it arose that the public authority was utilizing the administrations of brokers to obtain 3.4 million portions of Russia's Sputnik-V antibodies. 

In any case, this was at a greater expense of $19 other than the first processing plant cost of $10. 

This incited requires the annulment of the obtainment contract. 

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, who is a board individual from the GAVI Vaccine Alliance, conceded that he didn't look for bureau and parliamentary endorsement prior to drawing in the private individual for the acquisition of Sputnik V antibodies when he showed up before the bi-sectarian panel. 

In the interim, the organization that consented to supply Ghana with the overrated Sputnik V immunizations has ended the agreement it had with the nation, as per the Minister. 

The Minority in Parliament has likewise asked President Nana Akufo-Addo to excuse Mr. Agyeman-Manu.

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