The Finance Committee of Parliament has approved an amount of GHc 1.2 billion for government to access funds from the Contingency Fund to finance the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP).
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta on Wednesday, presented to Parliament, the policy document on CAP, seeking approval to spend GHc 1.2 billion. This follows demands by the Minority for government to provide details of funding of the money requested by the Minister to tackle coronavirus and its impact on the economy.
According to the Minister, GHc 280 million will go into food packages and hotmeals while GHc 40 million to the National Buffer Stock Company, whereas, an extra GHc 200 million will be used to cater for bills on water and sanitation, GHc 241 million will cover tax waiver for health personnel.
Explaining further, he said GHc 80 million will be spent on the allowance for health staff, GHc 2 million will be used to cover transportation for health workers GHc 600 million will be disbursed as soft loans to businesses.
Chairman of the Finance Committee, Dr. Mark Assibey Yeboah says his office is writing a letter to authorise the Finance Minister to withdraw the money for spending.
Dr. Assibey says Article 177(1) of the 1992 Constitution, mandates the committee to grant approval of such nature without plenary approval.