Agenda 111 Was Overly Ambitious – Prez. Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo has acknowledged that the government’s initial deadline for completing the hospitals under the Agenda 111 initiative was too ambitious.
The project, which began in August 2021 and was expected to be finished in 18 months, was commissioned in August 2021.
He noted that various unforeseen issues prompted delays in the construction processes while delivering the 2022 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Wednesday.
However, he stated that the majority of the preliminary work has been finished, with 87 projects currently under construction, and that they will be ready for commissioning by the end of his term.
“I have to report that, like all major construction projects, it is evident that the initial schedule we gave for the completion of the 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 87 of the 111 sites. I have been assured that preliminary work on the remaining 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, 2024,” he said.
The Agenda 111 project was announced by President Akufo-Addo on August 17, 2021.
The project will include the design, procurement, construction, equipping, and commissioning of 101 district hospitals, 6 regional hospitals in newly created regions, and 1 regional hospital in the Western Region, as well as two psychiatric hospitals in Kumasi and Tamale, as well as a redeveloped Accra psychiatric hospital.