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Claims of supposed abandoned projects show some are forgetting impact of Covid – Agyeman-Manu.

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Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has said that no project inherited by this administration in the health sector has been abandoned.

He explained at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday August 18 that the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic thwarted moves to get these projects completed.

He mentioned the La and Shama hospitals as examples of the projects that were about to start when the second wave of the virus started.

Some have criticized the Akufo-Addo administration for not attending to projects started by Former President John Dramani Mahama.

Mr Mahama himself, has on many occasions accused Akufo-Addo of abandoning many of the projects started during his tenure.

The former President said he finds it disappointing that a number of the projects remain uncompleted since his administration left office in January 2017.

He asked the President to complete his projects before starting the Agenda 111 to build 111 hospitals across the country.

Speaking to the chiefs and people of the Upper East region as part of his thank you tour of the region on Tuesday August 17, Mr Mahama who was the NDC’s presidential candidate in last year’s elections said “Governance is supposed to be continued and so when the government takes over from the other it continues what the previous government was doing. When I came into office, as best as I could the projects that we had inherited from the preceding government we tried to continue them.”

But Mr Agyeman-Manu who is also lawmaker for Dormaa Central said “Since I joined the Ministry, no project has been abandoned. We have categorized all he projects that we inherited from 2017 and to projects which commenced 2017 that that have been completed. Then we have slides on projects that commenced in 2017 and the various status of these projects.

“Last year we did a lot of sod cutting on some projects and we are being asked questions as to why these projects have not started and have not been completed., let me state that it looks like very soon, very quickly all of us Ghanaians are forgetting about the fact that the world was hit by a pandemic which disrupted our economic activities.

Project like La , Shama, twelve different hospitals  is to be done by just one contractor we did sod cutting for all of these in October November . By December Covid second wave has taken in and it’s attending disruptions. We were not going to work.”