The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) does not consider the initiatives promised by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) attainable, said Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
According to him, the NDC tends to label promises made by the Akufo-Addo government as “impossible” including Agenda 111.
“When we proposed a reinstatement of trainee nurses and teacher allowances, they said it was impossible. When we suggested Free High School (free SHS) and TVET, one constituency one ambulance, NABCO, and free tertiary education, they said it was impossible.
The government aims to spend GHC600 million to build 111 district and regional hospitals in locations without such facilities.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has cut sod for the start of the project on Tuesday (17 August 2021) in Trede in the Atwima Kwanwoma district of the Ashanti region.
Several NDC officials have proven to be pessimistic about Agenda 111 initiative.
For example, former President John Dramani Mahama describes Agenda 111 as an afterthought that will lead to more borrowing.
“It was just the last thought that they suddenly realized they needed to build infrastructure and Agenda 111 was created without any transparency about how money would be raised for projects.” Would this have resulted in more credits if we had already done so? So in debt?” he said.
In addition, former Health Minister Alex Segbefia said this project is something the NDC has been doing since Rawlings, Atta Mill and Mahama administration and it is a mere repackage.
“We have been building a hospital in the area for a long time. From Rawlings to Mills to Mahama, so the idea of having a hospital for every district is nothing new. They decided to repackage it and call it Agenda 111.”
Dr. Bawumia ends his reply this way; “thankfully, we have been blessed with a party and a president with a can-do spirit that can make many things that appear impossible to be possible”.