The managing editor of the new crusading guide newspaper and seasoned journalist Mr Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has added his voice to the ongoing brouhaha concerning procurement processes involved in the Sputnik V vaccines from S.L global suppliers.
According Mr Kweku Baako,the government attempts to procure the sputnik vaccines from a middleman makes the whole proces lacks clarity and transparency and more investigations have to be done into it before any deal can be sealed
His comments comes after series of controversies have been generated as a result of the government's attempt to get additional vaccines to ensure some specific percentage of the citizenry are vaccinated.
But the procurement process according to allegations going rounds on social media and other online platforms lacks transparency and as such,a lot of Ghanaians are voicing out their concerns about the deal.
Mr Baako made these comments on newsfile one of Ghana's best Saturday morning show programs.
Mr Baako said ,"There is a lack of clarity and this means that there isn’t much transparency and for that matter, it will be difficult to put a lot of things together to test for accountability. I have studied some documents and as of now, I am not convinced that the approach we have taken is the right one.”
‘There is too much confusion, lack of clarity, there is controversy, so it calls for us to re-examine what we are doing carefully. I am not convinced at all at this stage, and I am being frank. I am not clear in my mind and there is a need for more information to be provided. To be very honest, this thing looks untidy at this stage”, he emphasized.
Other panelists of the show equally sided with the seasoned journalist on the and called on the parliament to as a matter of urgency look into the deal to ensure absolute transparency.
Many Ghananians are of the view that,the government should have dealt with the manufacturers directly rather than getting to them through middlemen.
Fortunately and miraculously, the covid 19 pandemic has being very charitable to us as Africans so there is no need for our government to be in a haste to procure vaccines for citizens at a very exhobitant prices when same products could be procured at a much reduced rate elsewhere.
Apart from the pricing brouhaha,there is also a clause in the contract that makes it emphatically clear that ,the middlemen can't be held liable if there are any unintended consequences as a result of the administration of the vaccine.
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