Use motorbikes instead of drones; to distribute drugs – NDC MP

The MP for south Dayi constituency, Hon. Rockson- Nelson Dafeamepkor, is asking the Government to use motorbikes instead of drones, to deliver drugs to remote communities across the country, for faster and cost effective delivery.

Hon. Rockson- Nelson Dafeamepkor

The Member of Parliament thinks that, it will be a waste of taxpayers’ monies to acquire drones for the supply of essential medicines.

He further went ahead to explain that, due to the poor telecommunication systems in Ghana, the use of such technology could pose challenges to the initiative.

Mr. Dafeamekpor, therefore, believes it will be better to use motorbikes rather than drones for the distribution of medical supplies to remote areas.

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In his opinion, motorbikes with carriers will quicker and deliver on time rather than the drones and will also cost less.

“I would rather prefer that we buy motor bikes…that are fixed with carrier containers,” he said on TV3’s New Day.

According to him, it looks like “those who even drafted the deal do not know the local terrain.”

The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has given clearance for government to sole-source the contract to US-based firm Messrs Zipline International Inc.

The firm will design, install and operate unmanned aerial vehicles, the drones, at the cost of $12,527,000 for four years.

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But, there has been a disagreement between the Majority and Minority in Parliament over the consideration use of drones.

But the government believes it is the best way to supply essential medical items to remote areas of the country.

The Minority has also questioned why the project was awarded to Fly Zipline Ghana Limited on a sole sourcing basis when value audit had not been conducted on the project.

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