Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper has advised the former John Mahama administration to desist from taking credit for hospital facilities they did not single-handedly complete.
Examples of these projects according to him include the Ho hospital, the Ga-East hospital, and the Wa hospital among others.
According to Mr. Baako, the majority of these projects which were constructed by Egyptian capital investment company Euroget De-Invest, have been added to the hospital projects built by the Mahama Administration when in reality, they began under different governments, some since 1975.
“There are projects like Wa, the Eurojet project, that cabinet and parliamentary approval begun under Kufour. If you remember last time I asked that as a nation sometimes we should reflect soberly. Ho regional hospital begun in 1975 under Acheampong and we finished it in 1998 and commissioned it in 2000. It was just recently I took their green book and I saw that they are all inside. If you talk about your contribution to that, fine but you don’t exclusively appropriate it, you can’t do that because there are facts that will not support you.”
“When you take the 60-bed Twifo Praso hospital, as of 2017 it was 32% complete, in 2018, it went to 45% in 2019 it went to 68% and in 2020, it is at 75%, they anticipate that by June 2020 it will be completed.
“There are 9 hospitals. Wa, Ga-East have been completed. But in 2017 when Mahama was exiting, Wa hospital was 63% complete, in 2018 it was 68% and in 2019, they commissioned it. Now the Ga-East was relocated from Adenta-Madina to Kwabenya and in 2017 January it was 35% complete…I’m showing the logic of development, the fact you shouldn’t seek to credit yourself for a particular development when it comes to these developments,” he explained.
Commenting on the controversial Bank of Ghana hospital, Mr. Baako vehemently posited that the hospital has completely nothing to do with the Mahama administration as is being claimed by the opposition NDC.
Minority spokesperson of Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson yesterday argued that “the Bank Hospital remains an unimpeachable John Mahama legacy.”
But commenting on the issue, Mr. Baako argued that hospitals such as the Bank of Ghana hospital, SSNIT Trust hospital as well as the International Maritime hospital are institutional hospitals, constructed without Parliamentary or Cabinet approval and no Government should, therefore, take credit for them.
“I don’t understand, they are talking about Mahama’s infrastructure, what are we talking about? As for Bank of Ghana’s hospital, it’s on record that it had nothing to do with the Mahama administration when you put out the fact they start asking who appointed the governor of the bank of Ghana, which is ridiculous when you point out the facts to them they start shifting their argument but the truth is that like the international maritime hospital, like the ssnit trust hospital it’s not Government projects. It is not managed, owned or funded by the central government, that’s basic, those are institutional hospitals.”
“Yesterday someone said Maritime was started under President Mahama but the truth is that there are documentations to show that even the maritime land was bought by Ben Owusu Mensah in 2008, the receipts for everything, the evaluation reports for that project was started in 2008, it was for GPHA, they funded that to the end. But we have to be very fair, the Rehabilitation and upgrade of the Ridge Hospital, that one is central government intervention because you see cabinet and parliamentary approval of the loan agreement, University of Ghana medical centre, central government because you see parliamentary approval,” he said.