WE CANNOT DO CROSS-POLLINATION WITH FUNDS FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES TO COMPLETE UNCOMPLETED HOSPITALS WHICH HAD FUNDING
President Akufo-Addo’s announcement to construct 96 hospitals in areas where there are none has sparked debates amongst a few groups of Ghanaians.
The NDC, in particular, have asked why uncompleted hospital projects are not being prioritized but new ones are going to begin.
To them, it is senseless why monies earmarked for these 96 projects would not be channelled into the uncompleted hospital projects. This position they are advancing is flawed in so many ways but I would look at one or two of them.
Every project has a funding source. These hospitals had specific funds earmarked for them which covered the entire duration or completion of the project.
The question is, what happened to the rest of the monies for these uncompleted hospital projects?
It is not as though monies to fund the announced projects come from the same sources the uncompleted ones came from, therefore, the appeal to use these funds to complete the uncompleted ones is dead on arrival.
We cannot do cross-pollination in such instances since the funds for the announced projects are coming from sources other than where the uncompleted ones’ came from.
Impliedly, assuming that the World Bank decides to fund project A of Group One and the IMF is providing funds for project B in the same Group One though amounts differ, the funds in one group cannot be used to do those in the other group.
It is high time people were held accountable for the missing funds of these uncompleted projects. Notwithstanding this call, the idea of not starting new hospitals because we have some uncompleted ones should not be entertained.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.