President Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, cut sod for work to begin on the construction of 111 hospitals across the country. In a brief ceremony at Trede, a community within the Ashanti Region, the president noted that when completed, the 111 hospitals would create room for recruitment of 20,000 health sector workers.
Thousands of indirect jobs are also expected to be generated in the course of implementation of the various projects.
Meanwhile, key members of the opposition National Democratic Congress continue to raise doubt about the possibility of implementing these projects.
The Deputy National Youth Organizer of the NDC, Mr Edem Agbana on his part has described the government’s agenda as a political gimmick, aimed at deceiving Ghanaians who have been at the neck of President Akufo-Addo for not living up to expectation.
Speaking on TV3 on Tuesday, Mr Agbana noted that there have been sod cutting ceremonies for several projects in 2020 which are yet to be implemented. He cited the proposed Eastern Regional hospital, Shama District Hospital and the Nkoranza Municipal Hospital as typical examples.
“When it comes to cutting sod, logos and proposing ideas and celebrating, Akufo-Addo is very good at that. But when it comes to the implementation, he cannot be trusted.
“This is a man who cannot even fulfill his promise of building a national cathedral to God and you think that agenda 111 can be fulfilled? President Akufo-Addo cannot be trusted”, he added.
The NDC communicator further took a swipe at Vice President Dr Bawumia regarding the cost of the projects under agenda 111.
“In 2016, Dr Bawumia told us that it was too expensive to construct a hospital for 25 million US dollars. He told us that Aliko Dangote built a thousand(1000) bed capacity hospital for 12 million US dollars and that 25 million dollars could construct five(5) hospitals instead of one. So now, if you have 17 million dollars for one, what happens to the 5 million dollars President Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia while in opposition at the time said could construct a district hospital?”.