The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has disclosed that the government’s Agenda 111 project is facing challenges with land acquisition.
Mr. Agyeman-Manu while taking delivery of supplies from the Italian government in Accra stated that his Ministry is considering changing the infrastructure designs as a result of the land issues they are confronted with.
“We still have challenges (with the Agenda 111 projects), especially in the big cities. We are changing the infrastructure designs. Even in the communities and the districts, there are litigations in some areas where the DCEs have donated lands and people are asking for compensation,” the Minister stated.
He continued “at the appropriate time, we will see how best we are moving along with this. It is too early to predict whether we will finish or not, but optimistically that is what we want to do, and we will try to push ourselves. We will be able to do a proper assessment by the end of the year.”
President Nana Akufo-Addo has admitted that the initial schedule he gave for the completion of the Agenda 111 was overly ambitious.
The President made the admission when he addressed Ghana’s Parliament on the State of the Nation on Wednesday, March 30.
According to the President, identifying suitable sites around the country for the project has turned out to be even more problematic than anticipated.
He, however, added that a great deal of the preparatory work has now been completed, and work has started at eighty-seven (87) of the one hundred and eleven (111) sites.
“Mr Speaker, I have to report that, like all major construction projects, it is evident that the initial schedule we gave for the completion of Agenda 111 was overly ambitious. Identifying suitable sites around the country, for example, has turned out to be even more problematic than had been anticipated.
“I am able to say that a great deal of the preparatory work has now been completed, and work has started at eighty-seven (87) of the one hundred and eleven (111) sites. I have been assured that preliminary work on the remaining twenty-four (24) sites is ongoing.
“We have every intention of seeing this project through to a successful end, which will enable me to commission all one hundred and eleven (111) hospitals before I leave office on 7th January 2025.”