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We Never Said Agenda 111 Was Impossible, NDC Guru Schools Ghanaians on Their Stand

The back and forth surrounding agenda 111 never seems to be dying down any time soon. It will be recalled that on Thursday, 19th August, the Vice-president, in a Facebook post leveled the National Democratic Congress as a "party of impossible", and gave some policies the New Patriotic Party has been able to implement despite the NDC expressing pessimism about them initially.

He made mention of the Free Senior High School, restoration of the teacher, and nursing training allowances among others. In a response to what Dr. Bawumia said, Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe of the National Democratic Congress on the Key Points Show on TV3 this morning, set the records straight and made the stance of his party clear on the issue.

According to the young NDC lawyer, his party never said agenda 111 was impossible. In any case, the ruling party promised to build district hospitals in districts that do not have any in their 2016 manifesto. So the NPP is rather late in fulfilling its promise. To this end, the NPP doesn't the credibility to be trusted to deliver on their promise, he said.

He reiterated that the NDC also has issues with the fact that the ruling government stalled several ongoing projects they inherited in the health sector because they said they wanted to audit them. And instead of completing those projects, the NPP intends to construct new hospitals all over. For instance, he claimed a parliamentary approval was given for the construction of twelve polyclinics before they left power in 2016.

On issues on funding and duration, Mr. Tamakloe asserted that, with the $17 million budgeted for each project, the NDC feels that amount as woefully inadequate to construct a befitting district hospital, given that the same party built the Shama Hospital with around 41 million dollars. Still, on funding, the NDC guru said when they came to power in 2008, the Eurojet projects they came to meet in the office, which was to be funded from Egypt, stalled for eight years because the funds were not coming due to the Arab Spring.

So on the benefit of hindsight, they want the government to come up with a clear and reliable source of funding. The projects being completed between twelve and eighteenth months too, he said was not possible. To him, since the finance minister said the projects will take three budget circles to be funded, so that accumulates to three years.

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