Former President John Dramani Mahama has said the government’s attempt to build hospitals across the country under its Agenda 111 initiative is a mere afterthought.
According to him, the initiative is a face-saving move seeking to cure the Nana Addo government’s failure to show evidence of infrastructure for the colossal amount of money it has borrowed since it assumed office in 2017.
Speaking to the media in Bolgatanga as part of his ‘Thank You Tour’, the former President said there is no transparency in how the construction of the hospitals will be funded.
He questioned that they were criticised by their successors as over-borrowing but a lot of what they borrowed for was tangible for people to be able to see. Several years later you are a witness to what has happened. From 120 billion cedis of total public debt to almost 400 billion cedis. What most Ghanaians ask is what have we done with this money.
He added that “Looks like most of it has gone into consumption rather than into providing the kind of infrastructure that we need. Is only as an afterthought that suddenly realized that we must be doing some infrastructure. So, Agenda 111 has been conjured.
President Akufo-Addo, who cut the sod for the commencement of the health facilities today at Trede in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region, begin the projects.
Akufo-Addo said the hospitals under the government’s ambitious Agenda 111 projects will be completed within 18 months.
The president also disclosed that each of the hospitals will cost $16.88 million.
President Akufo-Addo also explained that $12.88 million will be for the construction of the hospitals and $4 million for medical equipment.
“So far sites have been identified for 88 of the 111 hospitals and after cutting the sod, work on the other 87 sites will also commence today.”
“The acquisition of the remaining 13 sites will be completed shortly for work to begin. Each hospital is being constructed at a cost of $16.88 million, i.e. $12.88 million for construction and $4 million for medical equipment and all the hospitals are to be completed in 18 months and works will begin on the regional and other hospitals in the latter part of the year.”