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$175m hospital funds diversion: NDC fires back

By Clement Edward Kumsah
NDC campaign coordinator of the 2016 election, Kofi Adams

NDC campaign coordinator of the 2016 election, Kofi Adams has debunked a report that the NDC diverted part of a government loan facility on research into the chances of the then governing National Democratic Congress ahead if the election 2016.

According to Kofi Adams, any research conducted by the NDC under the period being referred to was funded by the party. 

A Joy News investigation has revealed that the Ministry of Health in 2012, diverted part of a government loan facility into researching the then governing party’s popularity and chances of winning the 2016 general elections.

The research was a sub-contract under a 175 million dollar project awarded to British infrastructure company NMS for the construction of seven district hospitals and an integrated IT system.

The research was conducted by UK-based SCL Social, the mother company of Cambridge Analytica.

Here is the exact wording of the contract:

“The work consists of two discrete political and public health elements. The political element is testing the attitudes and perceptions of the population towards contemporary issues faced in Ghana and public confidence in the capacity and competence of the current administration to implement appropriate timely solutions.

As well as the current level of satisfaction regarding the performance of the NDC at district, regional and national level is also tested and the research incorporates how this may translate into future electoral success.”

According to the contract signed by the government of Ghana and NMS, Mr Mettle Nunoo was the head of the Project Steering Committee.

But the Deputy Minister of Health at the time of time the research was conducted, Rojo Mettle Nunoo, who was an administrator of the party’s campaign team said the report is “baseless and misleading”.

Even though he admits knowing SCL Social and confirmed crucial campaign intelligence was gathered through a research, he insists it was not meant to test former President Mahama’s popularity.

However, Kofi Adams in an interview with Okay FM monitored by Prime News Ghana said the current happening is just a deliberate attempt to divert the attention of Ghanaians from some GH₵403m oil funds the finance minister can't account for.

He added that if there is any truth in the said investigation, the should rather employ the assistance of the court, special prosecutor or  EOCO to interrogate the veracity of the report than to hide behind journalists at Joy FM to divert attention.

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