The Chairman for New Juaben North Constituency of NPP, Mr Boateng Agyeman has urged the NPP government to put the £326 million from the United Kingdom to good use, in order to generate much gains from it.
Ghana is set to draw 326 million pounds sterling from the coffers of the British government for major infrastructural developments across the country.
One of the beneficiary projects of the investment funds is a £120 million export contract which would see the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital upgraded.
A £40 million Contracta Construction UK deal has been penciled under the investment deal for the new Kumasi Airport, as well as a £60 million funding for a new 250-bed capacity hospital in Koforidua.
Other projects include the Tema Aflao road project worth £80 million, as well as a £26 million Aqua Africa export contract for the supply of solar-powered water filtration systems in Ghana.
Speaking on the issue on Atinka TV’s Morning Agenda, a segment on Ghana Nie, Mr Boateng Agyeman identified that in many instances, Ghana is not able to utilise such monies, be it grants or loans and end up using other monies to pay it without making any profits.
“If we intend to invest it into Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, today running a hospital is a big business across the world and so whatever we are investing we should invest it properly and make sure we get proper returns. We should know that healthcare is not free, but rather very expensive, so we have to do proper investment,” he said.
Mr Boateng Agyeman added that,”Once you do proper investment, the professionalism from there will boost the work of the doctors; we know there are equipment that gives different ideas on how to grow a particular industry, and so we should not go for the money and still make the facility a normal one and then at a point we would have to go and look for another money from cocoa producers or others to pay for it.”
Still justifying the need to invest properly into the stated projects, especially the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, he stated that,”It will help build the health system, it will make it best such that people would not have to travel outside the country for medical attention. If we borrow and do it properly the stress on the economy will not be that much.”
For his part, the Former Central Regional Chairman of NDC, Mr Allottey Jacobs identified that such commitments are the ingredients that will boost the moral of the cedi.
He expressed excitement over the move, saying that,”We are lucky as a nation to have this money, because of the policy of Boris Johnson. I am sure it is because of the good image of Ghana, that is why they are giving us this amount of money. Kudos to all of us for being able to sustain our democracy, and we are improving day by day, despite all the difficulties.”
Identifying that every government has its challenges, Mr Allottey Jacobs praised the President for the move, saying that, “It is only a wise man who will swallow his pride to find a solution that he prescribed for his people.”
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