The National Democratic Congress member of parliament for North Tongu, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa, has questioned why the national ambulance services continue to demand money from the citizenry before rendering services to them.
According to Mr Okudzeto, the national ambulance services has free supply of fuel and and the government has contract with GOIL for regular free supply of fuel to aid their services.
He added that there is enough evidence that in 2021 alone the government paid GOIL GHS5.17million for supplying fuel to the national Ambulance Service. According to Mr Okudzeto worrying revelations coming from their outfit indicates that the monies they take from the client's I know used to provide services for them but rather to buy gift and funeral donations.
He said, this must stop as corruption is killing many in our country on daily basis.
Mr Okudzeto said "the report reveals that a shocking 50% of the payments by citizens as demanded by staff of the National Ambulance Service for fuel are NOT used to purchase fuel; instead, those collections are scandalously diverted for discretionary items such as staff funeral support, buying microwaves, stationery, detergents, cost of photocopies and paying for “motivation of staff.” Nothing can be more callous."
He emphasized that an additional work they carried out on this mass murder debacle reveals that, GOIL is regularly and adequately resourced to provide fuel coupons for the National Ambulance Service.
Mr Okudzeto added that documents intercepted from the Akufo-Addo Presidency confirm that between January and December 2021, the Presidency paid GOIL an impressive GHS5,174,600.00 in two tranches of GHS3,083,550.00 and GHS2,091,050.00 to supply fuel to the National Ambulance Service for free ambulance services to citizens."
With all these provisions, one wonder why somebody will take money from a patient in the name of buying fuel. Something definitely has to be done about these revelations.
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