President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has endured a lot of suffering at the Health Ministry as the sector minister.
Nana Akufo-Addo said this when he met the chiefs and people of Bono region on Tuesday, 10 August 2021 as part of his two-day tour of the region.
Addressing Nananom, the President in jest said: “There are a lot of people from the Bono Region in my government; including the Minister of Health, who is currently receiving slaps. He is an indigene of Dormaa. He has really suffered in that Health Ministry and is still suffering”.
His comment comes at a time that pressure has been mounted on Mr Agyeman-Manu to resign following the botched procurement of Sputnik V vaccines from a Dubai middleman.
He had intended procuring some 300,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccines through Sheikh Al Maktoum.
An initial sum of $2,470,000 was paid to him but the deal was cancelled after Sheikh Al Maktoum supplied 20,000 doses of the vaccine.
It followed reports by the Norwegian press that Ghana had agreed to pay $19 per dose instead of $10.
Mr Agyeman-Manu has written to the Sheikh for a refund to which the Sheikh has agreed to.
An ad hoc committee that investigated the deal has revealed that Mr Agyeman-Manu breached all the procurement processes.
The Minority, some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress, some civil society organisations as well as ordinary Ghanaians have called on him to resign or be sacked by the President.