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SONA22: Akufo-Addo admits timeline for Agenda 111 was overly ambitious

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has admitted during the 2022 State of The Nation Address, SONA that the government's timeline to execute Agenda 111 was overly ambitious.

Akufo-Addo explained that “Mr Speaker, I have to report that, like all major construction projects, it is evident that the initial schedule we gave for the completion of Agenda 111 was overly ambitious. Identifying suitable sites around the country, for example, has turned out to be even more problematic than had been anticipated."

“I am able to say that a great deal of the preparatory work has now been completed, and work has started at eighty-seven (87) of the one hundred and eleven (111) sites. I have been assured that preliminary work on the remaining twenty-four (24) sites is ongoing.

“We have every intention of seeing this project through to a successful end, which will enable me to commission all one hundred and eleven (111) hospitals before I leave office on 7th January 2025.”

Meanwhile, the Presidential Advisor on Health, Anthony Nsiah Asare said the government is expected to complete the construction of hospitals under the ambitious Agenda 111 projects by June 2024.

He said the processes for the construction of some of the hospitals have already begun.

“We will have 111 district hospitals, then we will have seven new regional hospitals. All the six new regions will have their own regional hospitals. We are going through the processes. We have gone through the PPA. We will go through parliamentary approval and work will start… In June 2024, those regional hospitals will be completed.”

The Agenda 111 project is part of a grand vision for Ghana's healthcare sector by the Akufo-Addo administration.

The project will ensure that 101 outstanding districts will be provided with hospitals in addition to 10 selected regional and specialized hospitals.

The government has already set aside an amount of US$100 million as commencement funding for the project.

Each of the hospitals will cost $16.88 million, with $12.88 million being used for the construction of the hospitals and $4 million for medical equipment.