MP challenges drone deal in court

Mr Norgbey

Mr Norgbey

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ashaiman Constituency, Ernest Norgbey, has served notice he will challenge the drone-for-medical deliveries deal in court because

the government flouted procurement regulations in awarding the contract to Fly Zipline.

The government, Mr Norgbey explained, breached Section 40 (2) of the Procurement Act by failing to publish the drone deal in the national dailies before awarding the contract.

“For the Zipline and the drone issue, I will be heading to the law court because there were breaches of the Public Procurement Act, when you look at the documents, it tells you the Zipline Company can choose to withdraw from the agreement at any point, if, as a parliament, we have not approved it.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) introduced the deal to help deliver blood and essential medicines across the country, especially to rural communities and the transaction was approved by parliament after three failed attempts.

Apart from the Minority in Parliament, civil society group IMANI Africa, has also kicked against the deal but the government and the GHS have defended the deal.

Addressing a press conference, the Director-General of the GHS, Dr Anthony Nsiah- Asare expressed worry over the continuous politicisation of government’s novel ideas by the National Democratic Congress (NDC), even when they have little understanding of the matter.

Dr Nsiah-Asare further dispelled rumours that the project is expensive and would cripple the government’s budget, rather the project cost per service delivery of $17 is lower than what is currently being charged in Rwanda at $22.7 per delivery, and most importantly, would go a long way to save precious lives. –

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