Deputy majority leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin has confirmed that an amount of $2,470,000 refunded by Dubai-based businessman, Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, who acted as a middleman in the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines, has indeed hit the account of Government of Ghana.
This refund follows a recommendation made by a nine-member parliamentary Adhoc committee tasked to investigate the deal urged the state to take urgent steps to recover the monies paid to the middleman, Sheikh Al Maktoum.
After receiving the demand for a refund from the Ministry of Health, Sheikh Al Maktoum indicated his willingness to comply with the request and refund the amount of $2,470,000 to the state.
Speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News, Deputy Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central Region, Alexander Afenyo Markin has confirmed that the sheikh has indeed effected the refund which has reflected in the account of Government of Ghana.
“Let me confirm on good authority that indeed the refund has been made. To me the major concern of Ghanaians in all of these was possible financial loss to the state. The Minister was sincere and candid in everything he did. Information flow to us, written to evidence to us and all of that. This goes to confirm that the minister did not lie when he said at all material time he knew he was dealing with a credible entity. … Today, by the Grace of God, the money has fully landed in the account of Government of Ghana.” the deputy majority leader disclosed.
Commenting on the calls for the Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu to resign from office, Afenyo Markin described the calls as misplaced since the minister never lied throughout probe conducted by the committee.
According to the MP, these calls by legal practitioners and civil society groups are wrong since they are misjudging the conduct of the minister.
“They got it wrong it. It is not our finding that the minister lied to us. People are not reading the facts. When the issue of the minister having lied to us came up, we went back to the recording of day. We all listened to it. And that is the reason why the our colleagues in the minority even changed their position and agreed that indeed the minister never lied to us,” Afenyo Markin defended.