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Gov’t releases GHC7.4m to clear locked-up Global Fund commodities at Tema port

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The Ministry of Health has received GHC7.4 million from the government for the clearance of locked-up commodities from the Global Fund at the Tema port.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer on Thursday, June 13, 2024.

The release comes barely 24 hours after the Minority Caucus in Parliament issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the government to clear the commodities that have been at the port for more than a year.

The Global Fund for Community Foundation donated these medical supplies to Ghana free of charge, however, it has taken Ghana’s government and the Ministry of Health more than a year to clear the life-saving commodities.

Ghana government is only required to cater for the taxes, levies, and port charges for the clearance of the commodities, which were estimated at US$3.6 million.

After several months of intense pressure for the government to ensure the clearance of the commodities, the statement said: “The Ministry of Health, has now received an amount of GH₵7,429,694.39 from the Ministry of Finance for the payment of demurrage for the clearance of all Global Fund outstanding containers at the Tema Port. This amount is expected to complement the payment of third-party charges as outlined above.”