Agenda 111: Agyeman-Manu’s land comment was candid – Ayisi

Ghana's Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu

Communications Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), George Ayisi has said the revelation by Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu that land litigations are affecting the Agenda 111 project in some areas, is true.

He said the fact remains that land litigations are happening in parts of the country where the government intended to construct the project.

He however said the government is optimistic of finishing the project by 2025 when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will exit office.

His comment come on the heels of assertion by a Fraud and Security Analyst, Mr Richard Kumadoe that it is not true that government cannot finds lands for the project.

Mr Agyeman-Manu earlier revealed that land litigations in Accra and Kumasi are affecting the project.

He however, said the government was working hard to ensure that these challenges are addressed to enable the project move on smoothly.

“It is too early for me to predict whether we will finish or not. But optimistically, that is what we want to do and we try to push ourselves.

“We still have challenges with even land especially in the big cities like Accra and Kumasi. We are now changing the infrastructural design so that instead spreading across bigger land area we want to go up. So they are doing designs.

“Even in the communities, in the districts, some chiefs are coming and there are litigations in some areas,” the Dormaa Central Member of Parliament said while taking delivery of some medical supplies from the Italian government on Thursday May 5.

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But speaking on the New Day show on TV3 Monday May 9, Mr Kumadoe said “It is not true that government cannot find lands

“Have they gone to Asantehene to ask for lands and they haven’t been given? Have they gone to La Mantse to ask for lands?”

Reacting to his comment, Mr Ayisi said the Health Minister was being truthful in his comments.

“Health Minister was being candid with Ghanaians,” he said on the same show adding that “This government and the President, we are committed to finishing Agenda 111 by 2025.”

President  Akufo-Addo on Tuesday August 17 201 commissioned the Agenda 111 project which will ensure the construction of 111 hospitals across the country.

During the commission of the project in Trede in the Ashanti Region the President said among other things that the project will be providing 20,000 jobs for health professionals when completed.

He said the Ministry of Health is going to recruit more doctors, nurses and pharmacists when the project is done.

He also said that more indirect jobs are also going to be created by the project implementation.

The president further indicated that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed years of under investment in Ghana’s health sector.

To that end, he said his administration is improving on the investment in the health sector of the economy.

He said “I am glad that the biggest ever investment  in the nation’s healthcare  is being made .We have met this morning  because of the ravages of Covid 19  which has affected every country  on the planet . For us in Ghana not only has the pandemic disrupted our daily lives, but it has also  exposed the deficiencies  with our healthcare system  because of the  years of under  investment and neglect.

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By Laud Nartey||Ghana


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