The Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has described as false a report by the Community Development Alliance (CDA), claiming that the Government of Ghana has mismanaged funds meant to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CDA in its COVID-19 Corruption Risk Assessment report issued on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, said that the Ministry of Communications as part of an effort to fight the novel coronavirus, expended over US$1million to procure and launch the COVID-19 tracker app in the country.
However, the sector responding to the claims by the CDA posted on her Facebook page on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, said there is no an iota of truth in the said COVID-19 Corruption Risk Assessment report about her ministry as far as the COVID-19 tracker app was concerned.
“The report is absolutely false. This is pure unadulterated lies packaged as fact and it dents the credibility of their entire report”, her post in part read.
She said the Government of Ghana did not award any such contract for the development of the COVID-19 tracker app, stressing that not a pesewa was paid for it.
Hon. Owusu-Ekuful who is also the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, explained that the COVID-19 tracker app was donated to government by Ascend Digital as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) contribution to Ghana’s response to the virus.
“I put the researchers to strict proof. Let them produce the evidence of their claim”, she dared CDA.
Below is the post on her Facebook Page:
I am reading of a supposed research by a group named CDA.
The report is absolutely false. This is pure unadulterated lies packaged as fact and it dents the credibility of their entire report.
Government has not awarded any such contract for the development of the covid tracker app and did not pay a pesewa for it.
Ascend Digital donated it as their CSR contribution to our covid response.
I put the researchers to strict proof. Let them produce the evidence of their claim.