The Minority in Parliament has asked the Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, to resign following what critics have described as outrageous allocations made in the ministry’s over GHS1bn budget for 2018 which was approved by parliament on Wednesday.
Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, Cassiel Ato Forson, told Class91.3FM’s parliamentary correspondent Ekow Annan on Friday, 22 December that the minister has shown gross incompetence by her actions, and, thus, has no business being at the helm of affairs at the ministry.
Per her ministry’s budget, GHS800,000 has been earmarked for the development of a website. In addition, GHS10, 000,000 will be used to procure 20 four-wheel drives.
Mr Forson said: “This is gross incompetence and I don’t think she deserves to occupy the high office, so, she should resign. Of course, she should go immediately. She does not qualify to occupy that position”.
Below is the full breakdown of the budget approved for Mavis Hawa Koomson’s ministry by parliament on Wednesday:
Procurement of 275 ambulances at a unit cost of GHS354,750 totaling GHS97,556,250
Construction of 50 warehouses at a unit cost of GHS1,652,469 totaling GHS82,623,480
Construction of 1000 solar-powered mechanical boreholes at a unit cost of GHS132,000 totaling GHS132,000,000
Construction of 1000 water closet institutional toilets with mechanised boreholes and solar panels at a unit cost of GHS187,000 totaling GHS187,000,000
Establishment of 50 micro-enterprises at a unit cost of GHS550,000 totaling GHS 27,500,000
275 projects at a unit cost of GHS1,100,000 totaling GHS302,500,000
Construction of 100 markets at a unit cost of GHS1,100,000 totaling GHS110,000,000
Internal Management or Organisations totaling GHS8,600,000
Hiring of office accommodation for Middle Belt and Coastal Belt Development Authority and Regional Offices totaling 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 Decimination 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