Since 2020, when Ghana first recorded it Coronavirus, nicknamed Covid 19, case, a lot of money has been expended to control the spread of the virus.
As with public money, the government is supposed to account for every penny spent in the name of the people.
The attempt by the minority in parliament to get the finance minister, Ken Ofori Atta, to appear before the House to account for the Covid-19 expenditure, has not only taken time, but when he does appear, he threw dust in their eyes, when he bundled figures at them.
As a newspaper, we take cognizance of the fact, in the peak of the pandemic, government provided Ghanaians free water, as well as fed some Ghanaians, that notwithstanding in the spirit of good governance, the people must know, how many people were fed, as well as how much it cost the government to pay or subsidised the water provided to lifeline consumers.
Ghana is not the only country that provided incentives to its citizens, all over the world, countries did and are still doing in the face of the economic meltdown felt everywhere.
As a country, we should be mindful of our expenditure, because we have a lot of priorities that need urgent attention and yet we have limited budget.
The Speaker of parliament, has instructed two committees; health and finance committees of the August House to probe the numbers the minister presented on Wednesday.
This newspaper commends the speaker, Alban Sumani Bagbin for his steadfastness and desire to get to the bottom of the expenditure, as the numbers presented by the minister do not add up.
The onus is now on the two committees, Ghanaians expect nothing less than due diligence. They should remember they are there to serve the interest of the people, not political parties.
This probe should be able to follow the money and know where every penny went.
Accountability is part of good governance and this is the first step, which must be taken seriously and the MPs must guard against partisanship