Member of the NPP, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko says he does not see anything particularly unhealthy about Frontiers Healthcare Solution’s work at KIA.
He said concerns raised about the company being registered few weeks to its operation is normal because due to Covid-19 most entrepreneurs have ventured into businesses they are not known for.
Some according to him are those bringing in PPEs among others.
“I don’t see anything particularly unhealthy about this exercise. However, the laws must be tightened to create greater transparency.”
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko also said to him they are two issues which are fair in his opinion.
“There are two issues. One, you can question the procurement process which in my opinion is fair. And the second one is the price, which is legitimate.”
He said the Ghana Airports Company Limited should be able to provide full details to the concerns raised and bring finality to the matter.
The Minister-designate for Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu during his vetting explained the reasons for the government overlooking the licensing of the company in-charge of Covid-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport, Frontiers Healthcare Solution Services Limited at the time it started operations.
The North Tongu Member of Parliament, Okudzeto Ablakwa had enquired whether the health minister-designate was aware the company was not licensed at the time it began operations at the KIA.
Mr Manu in response said due to the severity of the pandemic, some issues were overlooked, however, he ensured those anomalies were rectified along the way.
Mr Ablakwa also asked how Frontier Company Limited was recommended for Covid-19 testing at the airports and the amount of $150 being charged passengers.
Mr Manu said he cannot say if the company lacked experience and as such the presidential taskforce was handling the contract.
Government engaged the company to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests of passengers since the opening of the airport to International Passenger flights.
But the NDC MPs argue the fact that the company was incorporated just days before the reopening of the airport raises eyebrows.