Just in: Parliament approves the use of drone technology to provide medical supplies

Parliament has passed the agreement between Flyzipline and also the government of Ghana for the utilization of drone technology to provide emergency medical supplies by a vote of 102-58.


This was after the first Deputy Speaker’s call to have the agreement approved by a voice vote, was challenged by the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka mubarak.
The service agreement has been the topic of tussle within the house with the Minority describing it as a misplaced priority whereas government believes it’s a step in the right direction.
This was when the House delayed the approval on two occasions because of disagreements by the minority side. This was to permit for a few regulatory checks to be completed.
Meanwhile the Minority has said even though the agreement has been passed, the group won’t yield on its fight against the agreement.
Minority representative on Finance, Ato Forson said the Minority side was denied the chance to “debate the amendment as proposed by the Chairman of the Health Committee.”
“We had some issues.Number one concern relates to the very fact that as we speak, they have not been able to tell Ghanaians price|the value|the price} of the drones per distribution and also the cost for establishing one distribution centre. in fact the amendment was silent in that regard.”

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But the government has declared that the best estimated value of implementing the programme at every distribution centre is $88, 000, with rebates probably reducing the amount by $11, 000.
The government has also denied the figures mentioned by Mr. Forson, and aforementioned they were an idea of the legislator’s imagination.

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