The flagbearer and failed candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress in the 2020 elections, John Dramani Mahama has been left fuddled by President Akufo-Addo’s ambitious Agenda 111 project.

The former President is heard saying that the decision to build 111 hospitals across 88 districts and municipalities and other places is an afterthought.

He is also heard describing the move as detrimental to the finances of the country as the $1.7 billion project would add more to the country’s debt.

His soporific comments could only come from his fear of losing the 2024 general elections as the magnitude of the projects, he believes, would give the ruling party a huge advantage in the elections.

How Mr. Mahama could come out to say that the project is an afterthought is something that serious minds cannot grasp. Is it his thinking that the nation doesn’t need these hospitals and that they are superfluous?

Ghana, just like the rest of the world, has been hit hard by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Health facilities in the country and across the globe have been under the mercy of the huge cases of infections. The pandemic has taught us that we need more health facilities and this is why it has become necessary for the government to invest heavily in health infrastructure.

It cannot, therefore, be said that the decision to construct these hospitals is an afterthought. Moreover, all these districts lack such facilities and it is just right that a sizable amount of money is put into these.

Mr. Mahama’s claim that this would add to the country’s debt is a point not supported by the facts on the ground. These projects are being funded with taxes from the Ghanaian people. It is a GOG funded project, not loans from any outfit.

More importantly, if even the funding comes from loan agreements, would it not help save lives? There should never be a situation whereby money is placed over the lives of the people. People should die just because the country would add up to its debts if we borrow to construct hospitals, according to Mr. Mahama.

It is more prudent and dignified to borrow to build health facilities for the people than to let them die in droves when pandemics hit us. Mr. Mahama’s insensitivity is driven by his insatiable appetite for power, a power he is prepared to sacrifice the lives of the ordinary Ghanaians for.

It is more than obvious that the former President has been plunged into a hypnogogic state since the 111 hospitals would dwarf his 2/4 infrastructural projects to the bench.

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.