Frances Ewurabena Asiam, a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), wants the Parliament to conduct a full-scale analysis into the industry of the COVID-19 research company upon arrival at Kotoka International Airport.
She said that the inquiry had become relevant due to the continued rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the region, pending compulsory testing at the airport.
The inquiry, she said, would decide if the corporation can stay at Kotoka International Airport and if they would be found guilty.
Despite calling for inquiries into the company’s business, she also reported that certain local health staff might take bribes from incoming passengers and help them miss compulsory tests at the airport.
Speaking to Annie Efua Ampofo on Good Morning Ghana’s Metro TV on Monday, 15 February 2021, the NPP communicator shared anger at the developments.
“There are security concerns present here. I agree that if a firm is hired to perform a job and there are difficulties with the jobs it has to take into consideration and take into account.
This is not a partisan problem. They can be taken when we have chosen legislative panels, whatever they might be, and will summon anyone and explain before them. Security people are there to look at it: the Ministry of Health is there. Ghana Health Service can’t decide how to look at it, so it’s us citizens; we’re raising the problems,” she added.
For her, the inquiry has to be carried out instantly “Because I agree on it for those that accept bribes. I’m talking about it. I haven’t done that to allow people in. So, you know that this UK [COVID-19] version and South Africa are these two areas because Brazil doesn’t come here so often. It’s the right mindset and mentality that we have as people that is endemic and I hope it’s d.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited further challenged airport security, indicating that something needs to be done to put an end to the danger to national security.
“We, therefore, believe that there must be a critical investigation. The Ministry of Health or the Ghana Health Service into the activities taking place at Kotoka International Airport and we call on the security agencies, the Parliament, to investigate the efficacy; the efficiency of the company at the airport. If it is good for Ghana, we will continue. If it is not good; any decisions can be taken,” she added.