This publication is not only intended to query the NPP government of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the non-completion of the Kumawu Government District Hospital that has been left to rot away since the John Mahama NDC-led government lost election 2016 but also, to attempt to unravel why the hospital may have been left to dilapidate by neglect.
To start with, the hospital was started by former President John Dramani Mahama with the funds for it sourced by former President John Agyekum Kufuor and captured in the budget of Dr Kwabena Duffour, former Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, under the NDC-led government by the late President Professor Evans Atta Mills.
It goes to tell that the intention to build the hospital was initiated by the NPP under President Kufour. The first step to seriously build the hospital, as President Kufour had barely left the presidency but the money readily made available, was taken by President Atta Mills as captured in the budget of his Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Dr Kwabena Duffour. Unfortunately, President Mills passed away with Dr Kwabena Duffour no longer the Minister when President John Dramani Mahama became the next President of Ghana.
Let us bear in mind, for argument sake, that he who sourced the fund for the construction of the hospital, he who fulfilled all the necessary arrangements to have it built and he who started building it, is all irrelevant. For the loan taken to build it will be paid by Ghanaians hence the money belongs to Ghanaians and that the hospital must be completed with the credit going to all the three presidents and he who completes it. The lion share of the credit must go to all Ghanaians who are themselves by their national natural resources stand as the collateral for the securing of the loan so sourced.
The view just expressed above is supported with a bible quotation from Apostle Paul. He said in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 that- “6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour”.
It is on record that a full payment of twenty million US dollars (US$20,000,000) was made by the late President Professor Atta Mills’ government for the construction of the Kumawu Government District Hospital, full supply of all needed and agreed hospital equipment and drugs before handing it over to government as completed.
If the full payment was made, as might have been deposited into a special account to be released to the contractor approved to build it, in stages and according as reflected in the terms of government contracts and many a big project, where is the money and why has the contractor abandoned the project?
Let me share the following knowledge with the public readers who may not have any shred of idea about how government or big corporate contracts are signed with private contractors to execute the projects. There is what is called pre-financing. It means the contractor must themselves use their own money to start the project on agreement of being paid by whoever contracts them, in stages. Thus, it could be agreed that if you complete the foundation works of say a ten-storey building to the third floor, you will be paid the agreed sum when the work is inspected, satisfied and approved. Then you continue to the tenth floor with your own money, the project owner will pay you as agreed. Then you put in the roof, windows, doors and the electrical fittings etc., as may have been captured in the terms of the contract for the outstanding payment to be made to the contractor.
This was similarly the case with the Kumawu Government District Hospital. Therefore, to find out why the project has been left uncompleted to ruin, I will ask certain pertinent questions.
1. Was the contractor not paid according as arranged hence abandoning the project?
2. Did the NPP government of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo order the contractor to stop the project and if yes, for what reason?
3. It was alleged that the NPP government felt some government contracts signed by former President John Dramani Mahama’s NDC government were bloated in cost, therefore, put them on hold to cause investigations into them. Was the Kumawu Government District Hospital one of such government-contracted projects suspected to have had its cost inflated hence put on hold for investigations and if yes, what is the outcome of the investigations?
4. If the money was fully paid into some specific account before former President John Dramani Mahama assumed the reins of government, is some of the money still in the account for the continuation to completion of the Kumawu Government District Hospital, or there is nothing left in the account? If there is, why has the hospital been abandoned? If there is nothing left, where is the money gone without the hospital completed let alone, being furnished with the contracted medical equipment and drugs?
5. Did the NDC retrieve the money from the account, squandered it before leaving office or the NPP came to meet the money, have left it in the account or have retrieved it for a different purpose?
6. If the NPP are investigating the cost of the contract, how long does it take them to finish their investigations? It has taken them unnecessarily far too long and that does not show any seriousness. If the money was removed by the NDC as the full payment was made into a special account but only to be released to the contractor in tranches or stages as was agreed, the NPP should inform the nation. However, if the money is still there, then they should continue with the project after renegotiating the cost with the contractor if found to have been inflated.
7. Do the NPP know and understand the effect of communication in the success of marriage, business and politics? Effective communication is a vital tool in the success of any undertaking by a group of people. They had better note this down.
The Kumawu Government District Hospital is becoming a topic for hot political discussion which shouldn’t be so. The hospital must be completed if indeed the full payment was paid. In case the money for the hospital had been squandered by the NDC before leaving office when they lost the election or used it for their political campaign, the NPP government must not dither any further but to come out to inform the Ghanaian public. It could be that the money had been used by the NDC and the current NPP government has not been able to source any fund yet for its continuation hence leaving it at the stage it reached only for it to rot. If that is also the case, we need to be informed to avoid the many lies and counter arguments going on.
I support the view of the self-styling Kumawuhene Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua as found in the video below, regarding the urgent need to complete the hospital but not his issued threats of casting his electoral vote, obviously for the NDC. His genuine views were expressed last year, in 2019 but some media house has been airing it this year, 2020. Could it be how urgent they want the NPP to complete the hospital or it is for cheap political gains by some people?
The NDC have also been hitting on the same topic for their cheap political gains. Therefore, the issue must be addressed through an official statement issued by the NPP government but not through the rogue DCE for Kumawu Sekyere District who lies same as he breathes but through the Member of Parliament for Kumawu Constituency or the Minister of Health, if not by the president himself.