How Minister Hawa Koomson attempted to steal the State

Former Deputy Minister of Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson, has said the explanation by the Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, that her ministry meant to allocate GHS80,000 for the development of a website rather than the GHS800,000 captured on paper for that purpose, which she described as an error, smacks of incompetence.

Ms Koomson had explained that the GHS800,000 figure was a typographical error.

However, the Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam Mr Forson told journalists in Accra on Friday, 22 December in parliament that Ms Koomson is trying to do damage control.

“What the government is trying to do is an emergency landing – when you take a flight and you are struggling in the air, you want to land and that is what the government is doing.

“They are struggling, this is just damage control. I can give you documents we were given at the committee and it’s clear that it is GHS800,000 certainly not 80,000,” Mr Forson said.

“Is the minister telling me that she is such an incompetent lady to the extent that she couldn’t read and understand what is in her own document she brought to parliament for us to look at? This is gross incompetence, I don’t think she deserves to occupy the high office of a minister, so she should go.”

There is public outcry against the over GHS1bn budget.

In it, 275 ambulances will be procured at a unit cost of GHS354,750 totalling GHS97,556,250.

Fifty warehouses would be constructed at a unit cost of GHS1,652,469 totalling GHS82,623,480.

Also, 1000 solar-powered mechanical boreholes would be constructed at a unit cost of GHS132,000 totalling GHS132,000,000.

Additionally, 1000 “water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes and solar panels” would be constructed at a unit cost of GHS187,000 totalling GHS187,000,000.

Fifty micro-enterprises would also be constructed at a unit cost of GHS550,000 totalling GHS 27,500,000.

Below are the rest of the items in the budget approved for the ministry led by Mavis Hawa Koomson:

275 projects at a unit cost of GHS1,100,000 totalling GHS302,500,000

Construction of 100 markets at a unit cost of GHS1,100,000 totalling GHS110,000,000

Internal Management or Organisations totalling GHS8,600,000

Hiring of office accommodation for Middle Belt and Coastal Belt Development Authority and Regional Offices totalling GHS15,000,000

Legal and Administrative Framework Review – GHS1000,000

Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Refurbishment – GHS3000,000

Procurement of Office Furniture and Fixtures – GHS6,500,000

Local and International Affiliation – GHS2,500,000

Procurement of Office Supplies and Consumables – GHS3,000,000

Tendering Activities – GHS759,970

Treasury and Accounting Activities – GHS500,000

Procurement of Computers and Accessories – GHS1,500,000

Manpower Skill Development – GHS3,500,000

Foreign Training – GHS2,000,000

Planning and Policy Formulation – GHS3,500,000

Policies and Programme Review Activities – GHS1,500,000

Publication and Dissemination of Policies and Programmes – GHS500,000

Development and Management of Database – GHS400,000

Research and Development – GHS1,000,000

Development of Website – GHS800,000

Budget Preparation – GHS2,000,000

Budget Performance Reporting – GHS500,000

Management and Monitoring of Policies and Projects – GHS3,000,000

What do you think?

Resign! – Minority to Hawa Koomson

Former NCA boss, 4 others charged for causing financial loss