The Minister for Information, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has noted that the estimated cost for each of the hospitals under Agenda 111 is US$17million.
The Agenda 111 initiative is expected to commence officially on Tuesday August 17, 2021 after the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, cut sod for the first of the project at Trede in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The Agenda 111 embeds 111 district hospitals, two psychiatric hospitals, one for the middle belt and one for the southern belt, and the redevelopment of the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, the Information minister indicated during a press conference yesterday.
Speaking on GTV Breakfast Show, he noted that the US$1,887,000,000 project will be funded through the Government of Ghana (GOG) funding but will be dispensed across three budget cycles, however, an initial funding of $100 million is being used as commencement funding.
“This is GOG funding. It cuts across at least three budget cycles. In the very first cycle, that is this year, the commencement funding was about $100 million. You will notice that in cycle two, cycle there which is the 2022, 2023 budget cycles, the funding will be made available so contractors as they works and their works are certified will get paid through those budget cycles .
“It’s a multi-year commitment. It is not expected that 100million will finish it, no, it only the commence fund and our expectations is that the next two budgets will complete it”, he said.
Each of the hospitals is scheduled to be completed twelve months from the commencement.
The Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta, during the Mid-year Budget had hinted that the first phase of the Agenda 111 was through for the 2nd phase to begin.
“Phase 1 involves the engagement of relevant consultants, survey and inspection of the proposed sites, feasibility studies, geotechnical studies, concept drawing, preparation of detailed drawings, BOQ’s, specifications, Contract Documents, processing of the necessary permits and documentation and others.
“Government and the Project Coordinating Team have worked tirelessly on Phase 1 and I am happy to report that pre-contract works have now been completed for Eighty-Eight (88) sites for the district hospitals. Mr. Speaker, we expect to commence Phase Two (construction) three weeks from now, from 17th August, 2021”, he said.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini