The Deputy Northern Regional Treasurer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. John Kpeli has questioned the recent Agenda 111 Hospital promise made by the Akufo-Addo-led government.
According to the Minister of Information, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of measures to mitigate the impact of the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, break grounds for the commencement of the construction of hospitals under the government’s Agenda 111 initiative.
The project is part of a grand vision for Ghana’s healthcare sector by the Akufo-Addo administration, the realization of which will ensure that 101 outstanding districts will be provided with hospitals in addition to 10 selected regional and specialized hospitals.
He said the agenda 111 is programmed to take 12 months to complete from commencement of each unit with a funding of $100 million from government through the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF).
The Minister said the construction of the 111 hospitals will lead to Ghana becoming a Centre of Medical Excellence and a destination for medical tourism in the West African sub-region.
Reacting to the news, Mr. Kpeli questioned “whether the same President who made numerous unfulfilled promises and has done several sod cutting ceremonies without commissioning a single good project is the one making this type of promise again.”
He made reference to how the President made numerous promises and has failed woefully in fulfilling them.
“On April 26th April 2020, faced with the mounting threat of Covid-19 and with an eye on the December elections, President Akufo-Addo, in his 8th address to the nation on measures taken against the spread of the coronavirus, promised to build 88 hospitals across the 16 regions of Ghana … In the same address, the President President reiterated his government’s plans of building regional hospitals in the six new regions to boost healthcare delivery in the country,” he stated.
“As of today, August 16, 2021, more than a year after such promises were made, not even a single of the aforementioned projects has been fulfilled,” he noted.
“In the run-up to the 2016 election campaign that brought him to power, Akufo-Addo promised that if elected, he would build one factory in each of the 216 districts of the country to provide employment for people, especially the jobless youths, promised one village one dam, promised to give give each of the 275 constituencies in the country $1m every year for development projects etc. — these failed promises and several others are what President Akufo-Addo is known for,” Mr. Kpeli stressed.
It must also be noted that Akufo-Addo came to power on the back of an aggressive infrastructure building programme by Former President John Mahama.There has only been one man in Ghana’s history who was a greater builder than Mahama – the eternal Kwame Nkrumah. What did Akufo-Addo do when he came to power right from 2016 till date? He left most of Mahama’s uncompleted projects in you stasis — Some of the hospitals have, in fact, been overtaken by weeds. Not only that; Akufo-Addo has also ensured that some of the completed hospitals go to waste.
According to him, Ghanaians must ask themselves how they will trust a man who wasn’t able to build a single polyclinic throughout his five years as president to build 101 district hospitals, six regional hospitals in the newly created regions, two specialised hospitals in the middle and northern belts, as well as a regional hospital in the Western Region and renovate the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, all within the 3 years he is left with.
He also made reference to the countless sod cutting ceremonies organized by Akufo-Addo prior to the 2020 election.
Mr. Kpeli further questiond the fate of all those projects President Akufo-Addo cut sod for in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.