23rd July 2024

Dennis Kwakwa

The Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Dennis Kwakwa,  has noted that the glaring  opposition of the National Democratic Congress towards the government’s ‘Agenda 111’ hospital projects is nothing new.

Mr Kwakwa, who is also the Ashanti Regional NABCO Director, in a panel discussion on Kessben FM, gave several instances where the NDC strongly made mockery of some of the NPP’s life-changing policies at various implementation stages.

He observed that such conduct by the opposition NDC is nothing new, adding that the Akufo-Addo led NPP government would always prove them wrong by giving Ghanaians the best of infrastructure, quality health care and delivery, education and many more.

“During former President John Agyekum Kufuor and the NPP’s regime from 2000 to 2008, there were several interventions which the then opposition NDC kicked against on the feeble premise of it being idealistic.

“Some of these are the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Free Maternal Health Care, School Feeding Programme, and many others. It was overtly witnessed how the NDC developed many hypothesis to discredit the unprecedented interventions,” he said.

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Mr Kwakwa, recalling the insults and undeserving criticisms made by the NDC when President Akufo-Addo and his government thought of implementing policies like the Free SHS, One District One Factory, Planting for food and jobs, Restoration of the Nursing and Teacher Training Allowance, and the rest, noted that the opposition party is just doing what they do best.

“We in the NPP promised to curb the excruciating unemployment situation in the country, and the NDC said we can’t because they couldn’t. We inaugurated NABCO and promised to employ them permanently, the NDC said it’s impossible but we have done it. When NPP says NDC cannot do, they cannot do, but when the NDC says NPP cannot do, we do and do it better, Dennis Kwakwa added.

Agenda 111

The most talked about ‘Agenda 111’ hospitals project happens to be one of the President Akufo-Addo led government initiatives to provide ultra-modern hospital facilities for all the districts across the country.

President Akufo-Addo, at the sod cutting ceremony at Trede in the Ashanti region few days ago, stated that the project would create about 25,000 direct and indirect jobs and 20,000 jobs for health professionals.

He added that the government had secured funding for the projects to commence, and would take between 18 months to complete each one from the point of commencement.

The project will also provide two psychiatric hospitals, one for the middle belt and the other for the northern belt. In addition, some health facilities will be redeveloped, including the Accra Psychiatric hospital. There will also be the development of the six new regional hospitals and one extra regional hospital for the Western region.

 

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