President of Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health, Bright Amissah has rejected the government’s explanation that it will fund the Agenda 111 project.
His comment was a reaction to the President’s Advisor on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare’s revelation during a press briefing Wednesday, that government of Ghana will fund the Agenda 111 project.
Speaking on Joy FM‘s Top Story on Wednesday, Bright Amissah said the government should come out with a better explanation concerning the source of funding for the project.
“It’s still not enough to say the government of Ghana will fund it. Now, where are we going to raise all the money within the year? Look at the stipulated time, 12 to 18 months period. Are we able to raise that budget to fund these to its final completion? These are the critical questions that we are asking. So, if you come to say the government will fund it, it’s just not enough,” he said.
According to him, the government is supposed to give a detailed report on how the funds would to be raised to see to the completion of the project.
“Are we mobilizing the funds domestically? Are we giving partners to support and all that? So he is supposed to come clear on that. To us we are not just satisfied to say that it is GOG project and it ends there,” he added.
Touching on the issue of coordination, Mr Amissah questioned why the Agenda 111 project has been handed over to a different body to coordinate aside the Health Sector.
He said the Health Ministry has all the needed capacity, technical expertise and personnel to carry on with the Agenda 111 hospitals project since it is about health.
“It is really a big deal to us as we have the health sector. I believe they should have coordinated this and talking about flagship programmes by government, government has made a lot of flagship pronouncements in the past years. The free SHS was one, Tema Interchange, the Pokuase and all those things. It’s about four interchanges that at the same time was going on, it was a flagship programme. The 1D1F was one of them and they were all initiated under sector Ministries who were doing the same work. So what is unique about Agenda 111 that it has to be coordinated by a different body,” he said.