FULL DOCUMENTARY: The COVID-19 spraying scandal initiated by President Akufo-Addo

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In August 2020, I wrote to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) to request, among others, how much it cost Ghana to undertake the fumigation and disinfection of markets in order to curb the spread of Covid-19. The ministry responded swiftly.

In a letter dated August 25, 2020 and signed by the sector minister Hajia Alima Mahama, the Ministry said it spent Ghc 76, 561,681.06 for Phase One of the exercise and another Ghc 76, 561,681.06 for Phase Two of the exercise.

This means the Ministry spent Ghc 153,123,361 on the two exercises.

The ministry later conducted Phase Three of the exercise.

The ministry added that, for Phase Two of the exercise, there was a “variation being processed for additional cost on public toilets.”

What this means is that the cost of Phase Two was going to be higher than that of Phase One.

The ministry had awarded the contract and completed Phase Two of the exercise a month before I wrote the letter. But it did not tell me how much was being added to the cost of Phase Two.

This is not the only anomaly in the figures the ministry gave me.

When the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, presented the supplementary budget to parliament on July 23, 2020, he said the government had spent GHc122 million, being “allocation from Budget to support Fumigation and management of landfill sites.”

The GHc 122 million the finance minister presented on only Phase One is close to the total cost of Phase One and Phase Two that the ministry gave me.

I wrote again to the ministry in September 2020 for an explanation on why its figure was lower than the one presented by the finance minister. According to the Right to Information Law based on which the request was made, the ministry was supposed to have responded to my request within 14 days.

Our estimates from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development show that about 500 million cedis was spent by the two ministries on this needless and fraudulent exercise. Other ministries also engaged in their own fumigation and disinfection exercise.

Assemblies that had the capacity to carry out their own disinfection were asked to stop so that Zoomlion would do it at additional costs.

These and other compelling details are contained in this investigative documentary. It provides compelling evidence of how the Covid-19 spraying projects in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Ministry of Education ended up being a waste of state resources. The sprayings were initiated by President Akufo-Addo.

Watch the full documentary below:

The Covid-19 spraying scandal initiated by president Akufo-Addo

64 COMMENTS

  1. Where did we go wrong in Ghana to have such heartless, greedy and selfish leaders in this country?
    All they think about is how to dip their hands into public coffers. Things are getting worst by the day and nothing is been done.
    My heart bleeds for this country

        • Corruption on its own is an undeclared pandemic of Africa
          Our leaders should start thinking about how to tackle it

      • Hmmmm….I don’t blame this corrupted President Ghanaians choosed….but I blame the people whose voice are to represent the masses and can be heard Also keeping quiet 🤐…. imagine if other journalist are to be standing for the truth like you’re always out for….how would things be worse like

    • Kofi it’s painful but we went from being patriotic to partisan and that’s the problem and reason why they have the freedom as politicians to milk us. The only savior we have now is to return from the land of partisan back to patriotic and we will be fine.

      • I think you’re right Kwame. They knew they have our backing in their quest to loot the nation, the reason why they careless these days. I wish we could have majority rational voters, like all these evil deeds will disappear.

      • ….And with the need to backtrack from partisanship to patriotism comes the role of education and, for that matter, the teacher.

        We should be able to vigorously pursue an education agenda which stresses the need to eschew tribalism and sectionalism right from the word, Go. For me, it is better to spend the next decade achieving (If need be) only this, and recalibrating our nation’s destiny from thence than to continue on this path.

        It’s not enough to weep for this country. It is such a pity that these dreams of a clear conscientious populace might never be achieved in our lifetime. It’s so super sad!!

    • My boss, I don’t get it at all.
      Clue and careless, heartless and feeble minded folks everywhere. Ooooh God, save us now.

  2. Manasseh Azure Awuni is the Nkrumah of our generation. God will protect you from these money loving and blood thirsty politicians and give you long life and good health.

    • AZURE can never be Nkrumah of this generation, because he contributed to this mess by painting mahama black for nana addo and Bawumia to come and do this to us

  3. Why do we waste this huge amount on multiple contracts that have the object to perform the same work, with no scientific basis, in the name of COVID 19 few months ago and turn around to impose e-levy because Gov’t is broke ? Schools were closed but we decided to still spray there in the name of COVID. Eii Ghana. We need to check Gov’t expenditure instead of introducing new taxes. God bless you Mannessah for exposing the true intention of some of the people behind these deals.

  4. This is heartbreaking!
    How could our leaders be this heartless?
    You do all these wasteful expenditures and turn around to impose e-levy on the ordinary Ghanaian, claiming the economy will collapse with it?
    Yes, the economy can collapse, we are tired of this shambolic leadership.

  5. Manasseh,well done for the good job.
    Nana Addo,only came to enrich himself and his family and here we are that we can’t afford three square meal and we dying like flies.
    What wrong have we done to him……

    Fire burn them all……

  6. God bless you and protect u. I know they will try to come after u, but none of their wicked plans shall prosper. U are doing the Lord’s work.

  7. This government has wasted our resources before COVID-19 and they are using the COVID-19 to climax it. To be sincere Nana Addo is evil and I won’t be surprised that when he’s dead, he would want the money to be added to him before they burry him. Such a useless president

  8. Quo vadis, Ghana? It is a sad case for Ghana. We have to re-engineer the country’s structure of accountability. “Na who go say the truth?”

  9. In a sane society, where honest leadership is ingrained in the people, the first thing to do, was for the president to mount a national broadcast and speak directly to the people. You start with an apology, take full responsibility and admit the failure of the government, you lead.

    You don’t ask your defector Prime Minister to use his Twitter handle to do old fashioned teaser to test the waters, whether the people will complain or not and then in 72 hours, you issue a memo and you want everyone to mute and clap?
    Serious citizens will demand the entire cabinet to resign, including the Head of the executive for such clear dishonesty and lack of candour.
    Are you still people with brian defending this absurdity because is our party?

    The only thing Ghana need now, whether NDC or NPP is a Natiopl Plan, not Political Party Manifesto program that does nothing but sends hawks to radio stations to make noise and insult decerning minds or divergent opinions.

    Both NPP & NDC have been great economic managers in Opposition but comes to government and nothing changes except their belly.

  10. Gone are these we used to say we proud Ghanaians..can one say the same today? May God help us and save us from these insensitive men we call leaders in this country..it’s just sad.

  11. Manasseh, the harm has already been caused… Where were you and your team when all these were on going. In any case the mother serpent wouldn’t have even listened… Ghana is a country at the mercy of it’s citizens, political elites and the educated. People are waiting in line to loot their own ‘lootings’

  12. I am beginning to believe you from this write up but until then, make your submissions that would make sure the opposition who is also no different from these people capitalise on it.

  13. Why is that our leaders are so wicked.
    They don’t care about the people who took them to power only their selfish interested.

  14. And they came to my house and I even had to pay them for “fumigation/disinfection”. These guys have no shame. Their paid spokesperson will dedicate his evening program to do the usual spin for them on Tuesday

  15. As a people, we have all it takes to reject these 2 political parties. And look for someone better independently to take control of this country or better still allow the IMF to manager us for like 20 years ahead of us. There two parties NPP/ NDC are too corrupt.

    And you have some stomach journalists and some youth who blindly follow them so they think we are all fools.

    We shall see.

  16. After this day light robbery by Nana Addo, he wickedly imposed on us Covid-19 levy🥲
    May these people never find peace as citizens continue to suffer as a result of their recklessness.

  17. Ghana our motherland is in total mess. You have done very well in putting this investigative piece.
    Kindly go ahead and present the evidence it to the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
    Let’s see if he can prosecute those found culpable.
    Corruption under this government headed by Nana Addo is like changing diapers for kids.

  18. To the government, the outbreak of the covid 19 pandemic was a glorious opportunity for them to make money. It is clear that apart from the questionable amounts spent on the fumigation, the exercise in itself was not necessary. Today, they want us, as impoverished as we are, to bear with the current untold hardships in the country. Thank you so much for broadening our lenses to see the reality that covid is only a flimsy excuse being peddled by the government. I just hope you will soon prove to us that the Russia-Ukraine war is equally not a reason to justify our current economic woes. God is watching!

  19. This is completely unacceptable. What type of leaders do we have in the nation and they’re all focused on their stomachs. Do they have feelings for ordinary Ghanaians? Who can not even have a three square meal for a day, poor poor poor old men or old women and the young people crying, all because of our greedy leaders?

  20. I said these Guys are heartless, delinquents and prevaricators ruling us. Obscene Akyem bigotry. It’s really sad we appointed this demeted old Guys to lead us at this time.

  21. What’s too hard or impossible to IMPEACH the President at all? We just have to do the needful for our plights to be better on our own land. We should die a natural death rather than starving.

  22. Npp and sweet talk is like a yahoo boy trying to fraud his client.
    They would use all the sweet words in the world and before u no your economy is broke 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  23. To think that this incompetent and corrupt administration was packed to us…. The more pain is the compromised and weak media making the administration have it’s way….

  24. I hope to leave this country to a country with conscious leaders and less vampire leaders and never return..am so much disappointed in akufo addo..the man is the embodiment of the word coruption..

  25. So how can the state retrieve this monies ,I don’t want to hear prosecution because all the justices from the supreme Court to the lower courts are all doing the bidding of Akufo Addo and his government ,our judiciary is very corrupt nothing better will come out!

  26. I think you should revisit the auditors report covering this same fumigation exercise contract given to company between 2018 to 2021 and you will realize there are so many anomalies.

  27. Such a big problem in our country. Greedy leaders here and there. They encourage patriotism but do least of what they encourage. Money is indeed the root of all evil.
    Mr Azure kindly check your Facebook messages, there is a project to be carried out. Sent by Emmanuel Akwasi Amankwaa

  28. there will still come and put the blame on mahama ..in fact we are giving room to this Akuffo Addo to destroy this country ….prison is free for the poor … Akuffo Addo is and Ken are not far from prison.. How come a country that always Borrow money for sustainability for it economy will introduce free Senior high school …why won’t the country Broke …

  29. Wow….I think I only have this one word to say wow. Ghana…yen Ara yen asaase ni.
    Greediness, weakness, demonism at it best.

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