Former Presidential Staffer under John Mahama’s Presidency, Stan Xoese Dogbe, has called for the resignation of Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, accusing her of failing to negotiate the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines directly from the Russian Government.
He claims that the Ghanaian government’s inability to negotiate a lower price for the vaccines with Russia, as well as revelations that the government is relying on middlemen to obtain the vaccines at a much higher price, shows that she has failed in her role as Minister and should resign.
“My reading of Ghana’s Ministry of Health’s response to the reported fraud in the procurement of Sputnik V vaccines reveals a very disappointing and damaging development for Ghana.
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According to paragraph 4, Ghana’s international relations and positioning are completely weak under the government of Nana Akufo-Addo, himself a former Foreign Minister.
And, if what the government is saying is true, I would like to demand that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, resign immediately. She has failed in her role by failing to uphold our relations with the Russian government and failing to engage and negotiate with Russia to purchase the Sputnik V vaccines, as other countries have done. “Ayorkor must resign,” he stated emphatically.
It has been revealed that the Ghanaian government is using middlemen to purchase Sputnik V vaccines from Russia rather than dealing directly with the government, which sells the vaccines at a lower price.
Some Ghanaians have slammed the government’s decision. However, the Ministry of Health has defended the contracts, claiming that the vaccines are urgently needed to protect the citizens.