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Politics of Sunday, 31 March 2019

Source: Daniel Kaku

NDC's Eric Adjei to petition Special Prosecutor over Government's 39 billion condom contract

The Deputy Communication Officer of the Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Brong Ahafo Region, Mr Eric Adjei has threatened to petition the Special Prosecutor over a Three Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty Ghana Cedis, Thirty Six Pesewas (GH?3, 993, 930.36) contract, allegedly awarded to Pharmanova Limited by the Ministry of Health for the procurement of Male Condoms.

He made this comment whilst speaking on Atinka FM's evening political talk show dubbed 'Simpieso'.

Mr Eric Adjei wondered why Government could prioritize the procurement of male condoms with about 40 Billion old cedis at a time that the Central Regional Hospital had threatened not to accept the National Health Insurance card over unpaid claims for the past 10 months with many hospitals and health centres in the country having no beds for patients.

He expressed concern about taxi drivers inability to make ends meet because of persistent increases in fuel prices and the deteriorating nature of our roads, leading to road accidents in the country and indicated that these concerns are the ones Ghanaians expect the government to address and not procurement of condoms with unimaginable amount of money.

He further bemoaned the fact that Government could award such a contract to an Indian company, Pharmanova Limited whiles there are a number of pharmaceutical companies in Ghana that can produce these condoms. He mentioned Kiss Condoms, Fiesta Condoms, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals and Ernest Chemist as the companies government should be encouraging and not to verbally preach usage of Made in Ghana goods while empowering foreign companies.

He reiterated his suspicion of some under dealings and threatened to petition the office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the contract.

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