The Opposition National Democratic Congress has laid fresh accusations on the laps of President Akufo-Addo claiming he deliberately intends to use the three hundred and seven (307) ambulances procured to gain political points.
The NDC, who have for some time now demanded that the vehicles be released to improve the country’s emergency health delivery system, believes government intends to release the vehicles few months to the 2020 general elections to sway votes in their favour.
In the run-up to the 2016 general elections, Akufo-Addo promised to provide each constituency in the country with an ambulance to complement the few in the country if given the mandate to lead the country.
Although some of the ambulances have been procured, they have not been distributed as the President explains, he wants to wait until the full complement of the vehicles arrive and go through the necessary procedures.
This, he stated, will ensure even distribution of the ambulances so as to avoid accusations of favouritism against his government.
The commissioning of the medical vehicles was set for Monday, January 6, but due to some ‘technical issues’, the National Ambulance Service requested for a postponement to January 28.
The NDC, who seem unconvinced by the reasons given for the further delay in distributing the vehicles, in a Press release, insisted that the ‘conflicting excuses’ of government regarding the matter is a deliberate attempt by the President to stall the process.
The release signed by the National Communications Officer of the party, Sammy Gyamfi noted, ” Like many discerning minds, it is now clear to us that that the several conflicting excuses of the government on this matter are contrived and deliberately calculated to conceal the real intention of the government in this matter; which is to delay the distribution of the ambulances until a few months to the 2020 general elections for cheap electoral gain.”
According to Sammy Gyamfi, the manner in which this ambulance distribution has been handled confirms the NDC’s unwavering position that President Akufo has ‘little regard for the lives of Ghanaians.’
“The NDC is not surprised by these never-ending excuses, which only typify the deception, insensitivity and leadership paralysis that Ghanaians are being subjected to by inept President Akufo-Addo and his wasteful government. Indeed, the government’s heartless handling of this ambulance fiasco so far, underscores the fact that President Akufo-Addo has very little regard for the lives of Ghanaians…” he stated.
The party, therefore, urged President Akufo-Addo and his government to “stop toying with precious lives and release the ambulances without further delay”.