Deputy Ranking Member of Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, believes that government has deceived Ghanaians in the rollout of its Agenda 111 policy.
According to him, the estimated period of time for the project’s completion per government’s document titled Ghana Priority Health Infrastructure Project: Agenda 111- Parliamentary Update, defaults from the government’s initial promise to ensure the completion of the project before 2025.
The MP for Juaboso legislator insists that the Akufo-Addo-led government is not committed to completing the project in that “they have set out to leave a lot of uncompleted sites” to burden future governments.
“The president lied. There’s no other word to describe it but lies. This is from their own document. What they have set out to do is to leave a lot of uncompleted sites. So they’ll do excavation here, they’ll put blocks there, they’ll put sand here as you have seen, so when you ask them they’ll say works are ongoing.
“That’s the plan because the president has said something and he must be seen to be doing something, not to be committed to it,” he explained.
Speaking on JoyNews‘ AM Show, the Deputy Ranking member lamented that there’s no ministry overseeing the project and that attempts to ascertain documents on its progress have failed in that a response to the request of such documents indicates that there is none.
Contrary to indications that the Covid-19 pandemic had been the underpinning of the economic crisis in the country, the legislator said that the pandemic had blessed the country with lots of money that could have been utilized in completing the project.
Mr. Akandoh speculated that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led government wants to use the project for a campaign heading toward Election 2024 where it would seek to complete a few to solicit votes.
According to the MP, what is troubling and ‘hurting’ is that monies for the project have been paid to contractors for over a year yet not enough progress has been seen.
The Agenda 111 project was commissioned in August 2021. It is a project aimed at alleviating the plights of health workers in tackling the Covid-19 virus and also making health care more accessible by building a hospital in every district.
The project, according to the government, was to be completed before 2025.
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