Former member of the NDC, Allotey Jacobs has called on the Ghanaian populace to support the government agenda 111 initiative.
The initiative is to build 101 district hospitals, six regional hospitals in the newly created regions, two specialised hospitals in the middle and northern belts, as well as a regional hospital in the Western Region and renovation of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
The project has received backlashes particularly from the opposition with the South Dayi MP Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor suing the Attorney General over procurement breaches in the award of contract for the construction of 111 health facilities across the country.
The legislator, in a writ filed at the High Court says government ignored Ghana’s procurement laws when it awarded a building design contract to Adjaye and Associates.
He alleges that an amount of $6 million of public money has already been paid to the company as consultancy fees. This he argues breaches portions of Ghana’s constitution.
But Allotey Jacobs who is a former Central Region NDC Chairman believes the project is a delicate initiative by the current government which needs the support of Ghanaians no matter the political party affiliation.
The renowned politician believes the agenda 111 project by the Akufo-Addo-led government will provide more jobs for the teaming youth, and a way reduce unemployment rate of the country.
“The youth should defend this, the agenda 111 is a good initiative and I believe it will provide the youth more jobs. I have given it my full support”, he said in an interview on Wontumi Radio monitored by Kyfilla.com on Thursday, September 9, 2021.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has explained that the objective of the Project is to significantly deepen delivery of quality healthcare at the district level, boost access to healthcare services for all citizens towards ensuring the attainment of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Three.
He said local contractors were given a priority to create jobs for the local communities, adding that it would also create employment for health workers and ancillary staff.
The minister disclosed that each of the hospital is expected to be completed within 12 months, starting from the point of commencement.