The Adansi Traditional Council of Fomena in the Ashanti Region has called on President Akufo Addo and his government to eschew petty Ghanaian politics on the health sector and complete an abandoned hospital project in the area.
According to the traditional council, it was their expectation that the government would do away with politics and complete the120-bed capacity hospital project started under former President John Mahama.
Queen Mother of the Traditional Area, Adansihenmaa Nana Akosua Bommo II, made the call when the Minority members on the Health Committee of Parliament visited the project site on Monday, September 9, 2019.
The Minority was on the project site to appraise themselves with development on the project following outcries by residents and media reports.
The project started under former President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) administration but has been abandoned since President Akudo Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took over governance in 2017.
The government claimed it is conducting a forensic audit to ensure value for money on the project.
The project which is about 85 per cent complete, comprised of adults and children wards, surgical units, maternity, general Out-Patients Department (OPD), X-Ray, Laboratory, pharmacy and a mortuary as well as doctors and nurses bungalows have been abandoned after NDC lost power at the 2016 general elections.
Without recourse to the taxpayer, the government on political reasons abandoned the project and it has now become a safe haven for wild animals as weeds have taken over.
Some of the facilities had also got burnt by wildfire, others got damaged due to bad weather, among other defects on the structures.
The contractor was not on site, except a security guard at the entrance who identified himself as Kwame.
He refused to speak to the media on grounds of not having authority to do so.
Nevertheless, Nana Bommo II, told Journalists the people of Adansi are highly disappointed in the politics of the current government so far the Hospital project is a concern.
She said, the government has taken the health needs of the people of Adansi for granted, else the project could have been continued for completion while investigation carries out to determine any value for money.
For her, the government claims of investigation are none of their business, for they need the facility badly as many pregnant women and children have on many occasions lost their lives due to distance to other Districts to access healthcare.
She urged the Akufo Addo government to forgo petty politics between NPP and NDC and complete the project.
Nana Bommo said Ghanaians pay their taxes to government irrespective of which party is in power and therefore ought not to suffer to equalization politics between the two dominant parties in the country.
Nana Kwabena Asante, Kyeame of Adansihene collaborated the Queen Mother concerns and demanded quick action from the government.
He said, the people of Adansi, specifically Fomena need the hospital as residents struggle to access healthcare in neighbouring Districts.
Ranking member on health, Mr Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, described the government action on the project as ” plain wickedness.”
He told THE REPUBLIC, the Minority is not against the investigation of any kind on the contract, but Ghanaians should not suffer in accessing the health facility.
“We cannot continue to do this to ourselves?
If you are doing an investigation, why stop the project. This should have finished last year for the people to enjoy and if you have reason to suspect something has done wrong with the project and the state lost, you can go ahead to prosecute the person,” he said.
He challenged the government to prove its claims and prosecute NDC officials if indeed they have engaged in any financial malpractice in the execution of contracts for the projects.
Mr Akandoh who is also MP for Juaboso described the government’s posture towards the project as criminal, wickedness and waste of the taxpayers’ money.
He said the Minority members on the Committee would use all legitimate means to ensure that the Health Minister mobilises contractor to move to site and resume work on the project.
Dr Sebastian Sandaare a member of the Minority on the Health Committee, said he felt so saddened over the abandoned project.
He described the government’s action as unfair to the people of Fomena and the entire region.
Another member on the committee, Charles Agbeve, also accused the government of causing financial loss to the State.
He said the Minority would drag the Health Minister to parliament to answer questions and explain why the projects have been abandoned.
Other members including Alexander Gabby Hottordze and Dr Mark. Nawanne, shared similar concerns after the visited the site with chiefs and people of the Adansi traditional council.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba