Frank Fuseini Adongo, Upper East Deputy Regional Minister-designate, was yesterday grilled over his altercation with the National Health Insurance Authority for overbilling drugs dispensed at his medical facility, FFA-faith Clinic.
Though the medical facility has been purged from the charge, and has since had its license restored as health service provider, the deputy minister-designate, who was then the Director of the facility did not have it easy and had to explain the issue surrounding the report on the facility.
Mr. Adongo was asked to explain circumstances leading to the facility’s suspension as NHIA provider, when he appeared before the Parliament Appointments Committee to be vetted for the position.
Attributing the report to human error, which need not have happened, he said the clinic has since worked assiduously to gain the confidence of NHIA to be given back its licence.
The deputy-minister designate, who is Member of Parliament for Zebilla Constituency, promised to work closely with the regional minister to bring development to his region,saying he would create the necessary environment for the region to unearth its economic potentials.
Mr. Adongo said he would work with the regional minister to sustain peace towards development in the area, and ensure that all on-going road projects would be completed to accelerate development in the region.
Mr. Aminu Issahaku, the Upper West deputy Regional Minister-designate, who also appeared before the committee, has asked farmers in the region to do more to attract investors to the area.
He advised farmers against the sale of their pre-finance farm products to other competitors, saying that had caused agro-based industries to withdraw from the region.
Mr. Issahaku said some investors had complained about the farmers’ lack of sincerity in selling their farm produce to the companies that have invested in their activities (farmers).
He said the region would identify its potentials to ensure the success of the “One district, one factory” policy.
Mr. Issahaku said the Municipal and Districts Assemblies would be encouraged to implement strategies to reduce poverty in the region.
Mr. Issahaku said he would work with the regional minister to curb armed robbery in the region.
By Lawrence Markwei