It has emerged that due processes were not followed by the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration in the execution of the stalled Kumawu hospital and others health projects in the Ashanti Region after taking a t loan of $170m from the British government hence, decision by current government to abandon them
“The project was shrouded in secrecy. It was not understandable so I termed it as corrupt signature projects,” the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Hon. Samuel Addai Agyekum revealed in a radio discussion MyNewsGh.com monitored on a local station.
According then Assembly member of Sekyere Kumawu, members of the Assembly were told by officials of the then government that the hospital materials would be tax-free but the opposite happened.
“The Mahama government told Assembly members of Sekyere Kumawu materials for the construction would be tax-free but this is what we are seeing now”, Hon. Samuel Addai Agyekum explained to listeners of Wontumi radio in Kumasi.
According to Hon Samuel Addai Agyekum, a total of $93 million would be required for the Kumawu and Fomena hospital projects alone to ensure it completion alone.
According to him, the amount includes variation cost and tax waivers in the contracts that were not honoured by the previous government, adding that NMS Infrastructure Limited Company, the contractors, claimed they were not paid and would need the money to be able to go back to work and finish the two projects.
Meanwhile, tension is mounting in Fomena, Tepa, Afari and other areas over uncompleted hospitals in the areas.
Angry residents claimed the projects had been abandoned after they had continuously waited for construction works to commence on the projects, which were part of the six hospitals in the “Build to Care Ghana Project” left uncompleted by the Mahama NDC administration.