By: Edzorna Francis Mensah
The Minority Spokesperson on health and Member of the Committee of Health, representing the people of Juaboso in the Western Region, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh has called for a Government White Paper on the Agenda 111 programme.
The MP who was addressing the Media in Parliament after taking his turn to debate the budget on Thursday 1st December, 2022 on the floor said, “we don’t know the current status of Agenda 111, we don’t know which contractors are in charge, we don’t know how much has been paid to who, Mr. Speaker, we don’t have those records in this House”.
He asserts that there is no budgetary allocation for the Agenda 111 in the 2023 budget compared to previous years in which in 2021 mid-year budget review GHc600 million was allocated and utilized in the name of Agenda 111, in 2022 about GHC518 million had been released, “quite recently the committee that was set up to investigate the Covid expenditure, a letter was submitted by the Minister of Finance in which it was stated that 763 million Ghana cedis has been released and expended on agenda 111 bringing the total to about 1.9 billion Ghana cedis , and yet no single hospital has been completed under the Agenda 111 programme. We don’t have any record on them”.
The Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko-Brobby in his response submitted that there is no budgetary allocation for Agenda 111 projects in the 2023 budget, but he was quick to add that “it finds expression in the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) was again debunked by Mr. Akandoh.
According to him, that cannot be true because in 2022 while there was allocation for health infrastructure in the ABFA, there was another budget specifically for Agenda 111.
“Even if an allocation has been made for health infrastructure under ABFA in2023 we expect that another allocation should be made for Agenda 111, arguing that even in the ABFA only GHC100 million while the projection they made in the 2022 budget to allocate for Agenda 111 in 2023 was more than GHC600 million, “so they should come clear”, he stated.