General manager of Power FM, Salifu Maase, also known a s Mugabe has chastised the Akufo-Addo government over the Agenda 111 project.
The maverick broadcaster who was speaking on Gumbe Show on TV XYZ Tuesday evening recounted how the NPP government has taken Ghanaians for granted with slogans that have turned out to be lies, especially with Agenda 111 which is one of the projects the government said was to help expand quality health care across the country.
In august 2021, President Nana Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of the Atwima Kwanwoma District Hospital at Trede in the Ashanti Region under the project.
Each of the hospitals was estimated to cost 16 million dollars, including medical equipment, and construction of all those facilities.
But Nine (9) months after unveiling the project, the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has disclosed that the government’s Agenda 111 project is facing challenges with land acquisition.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu stated that his Ministry is considering changing the infrastructure designs as a result of the land issues they are confronted with.
“We still have challenges (with the Agenda 111 projects), especially in the big cities. We are changing the infrastructure designs. Even in the communities and the districts, there are litigations in some areas where the DCEs have donated lands and people are asking for compensation,” the Minister stated.
But reacting to the issue, Mugabe Maase said the government did not have what it takes to complete the projects but sought to deceive Ghanaians with the slogan.
“The Agenda 111 is a 419,” Mugabe stated and explained that Akufo-Addo promised to build 350 SHS from the scratch but has failed to so even in his second term.
“This government does not think about the future generation; the people in it just like the leader thin about himself and girlfriends,” he alleged as he mentioned the accusations of Serwaa Broni against the president.
Doubts and Experts’ views
In December last year, findings of the Africa Centre for Health Policy (ACeHP) revealed that the Akufo-Addo government was likely to miss the deadline for the completion of the health facilities under the ‘Agenda 111’ projects.
Executive Director for ACeHP, Ahmed Farhan, in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, revealed that their checks across the country indicate no sign of progress at the project sites despite the government’s promise of high commitment to executing the projects in 12 months.
“I doubt if we will be able to meet the set timelines. It will definitely affect the project lifecycle. The 12-month target that has been set, I presume, will not be to be met,” Farhan said.
He believes the government is facing financial challenges hence the delay in kick-starting the projects.
“Currently, I think they have been faced with certain challenges that will not permit them to kickstart the physical construction of the hospitals, so I think the 12 months they have set will just not be possible.”
The Agenda 111 project includes 101 district hospitals, six regional hospitals in the newly created regions, two specialised hospitals in the middle and northern belts, and a regional hospital in the Western Region and the renovation of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.