Hon.Benjamin Agyei Anhwere-MP for Atwima Nwabiagya south
I have learnt with great disappointment a publication in the media seeking to blame the Akufo-Addo administration for sitting idle and watching on for the Afari Military Hospital under construction in my constituency to go rot.
I will like to point out that these reports are laced with inaccuracies and deliberate propaganda to cast a bad image of the government and the Constituency where the facility is being constructed.
It must be placed on record that the Hospital was one of the Euroget projects, a brain child of President Kufour. It was to start in 2008 and be completed after 42 months. However, when President Kufour left power, the next administration in 2010 tried to move the facility from its original location – Sofoline in Kumasi to Tamale after revising the contract agreement. Later it was moved from Tamale to Accra and subsequently to the current location – Afari. Work only started in 2014.
As a result of delay and low pace of work, the Akufo-Addo administration came to meet the project at about 30% of completion in 2017. It is therefore unjustifiable for anyone to blame the government for doing nothing to ensure the project is completed. It is our pressure that has got the work to where it is today.
For a project that has stalled for almost a decade before the government, it is most unfair to blame the government and by extension the President for its delay. On my part as MP in particular, there is not much I can do as the project is under the care of the Defense Ministry. That notwithstanding, I have had to visit the site several times to meet up with the contractors on site to discuss progress of work. I had reason to file a question and invite the sector minister to answer questions about the delay and what the plans are to get the hospital completed. He hinted at some few disagreements between the contractor and the consultant but assured of resumption of work.
As we speak, the hospital is almost complete with some ancillary works left to be done by way of electricity connection, water, the pavement and other minor installations. No one has the intention to leave anything to rot and in fact nothing has been left to rot or explode as maliciously reported by the media outlets. Those cylinders the reports claim are left to explode are empty cylinders kept securely under canopies. It is this government who is doing everything humanly possible to get the facility completed. In fact, it will be completed and ready for use in time.
I will urge all media outlets to always capture the various sides of a story before going to the public. The danger with one-sided story is that, it destroys the wrong people in irredeemable ways. Let us not seek sensationalism at the expense of professionalism. I am available to offer any needed clarifications from my office. Thank you.