Former President John Dramani Mahama, has expressed concern over the government’s inability to operationalise the newly built Upper West Regional Hospital in Wa.
The hospital project is one of the Mahama administration’s flagship projects in the region.
It is intended to provide specialised medical care to people in the Upper West Region and surrounding areas. And it was 95percent complete when then President Mahama visited the project site in 2016.
But almost two years after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) left government, the hospital is at a standstill, forcing the intended beneficiaries to travel long distances to seek specialised medical care.
Addressing delegates of NDC in Tumu on Tuesday to round up his three-day campaign tour of the Upper West region, Mr Mahama, could not hide his disappointment.
He said “somebody has built a hospital, 95 per cent complete with equipment and everything.
Just put the equipment, then come and put a plaque there with your name written on it that you commissioned it, that one too you can’t do? What is difficult about doing that one?”
Mr Mahama, explained that it was the intention of the NDC government to build regional hospitals throughout the country with working equipment such as x-rays and MRI scans to serve as referral for all smaller hospitals.
He has therefore called on the NPP government to make it a priority to commission the UpperWest Regional Hospital to be able to serve the needs of the people in the region.
He, however, assured the people of the Upper West region that if the NPP government fails to commission the hospital, it would be one of the first priorities of the next NDC government.
The former President, also expressed shock over a claim by the Akufo-Addo government that the 2017 allocation of the one million dollars per constituency per year, expired with the budget of December 2017.
Responding to a question posed by the Member of Parliament for Mion, Mohammed Abdul-Aziz, when government would release the Cedi equivalent of one million dollars to every Constituency, the Minister for Special Initiatives, Mavis Hawa Koomson, said the money technically expired with the budget in 2017, as the structure needed to implement the programme was not available.
But former President Mahama is wondering how a million dollars per Constituency meant for development as promised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections could expire.
Mr Mahama, who is on a three-day campaign of the Upper East Region, expressed shock when he addressed NDC delegates at Zuarungu, in the Bolgatanga East Constituency in the Upper East region.
He asked, “have you ever seen one million dollars expiring?” adding that “I am aware that ricehas expiry date, oil has expiry date and other commodities but one million dollars has no expirydate”.
The former president pointed out that with two months left for the year to end, time is running out for
that allocation to also expire.
He said, Ghanaians have now seen through the lies and deceit of the NPP, noting that such lies and deceit could shake the faith of Ghanaians in the democratic system.
He also called for unity in the NDC, following the elections of new executives at the Constituency and regional levels, and promised to work hard to reduce the high cost of living in the country.
Mr Mahama, has subsequently begun a tour of the Upper East region.