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June 22, 2018 | Feature Article

Akufo Addo Sweating For Nothing?

President Nana Akufo- Addo
President Nana Akufo- Addo

Some business leaders and investors in Ghana are very angry and they are not hiding it.

The business leaders and investors are not happy about the frustrations they go through at certain ministries, government departments and agencies as they try to get their proposals accepted for their projects to commence.

Business leaders and investors are not happy that their proposals have been either shelved or are gathering dusts in minister’s offices, chief executive officers not aware of investor’s proposals and party activists allegedly demanding for bribes and positions before pushing proposals forward.

The president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has been sweating working hard to ensure the country see a lot of development now and beyond his tenure.

As part of his hard work, the president has been taking risk traveling the world over looking for business leaders and investors to come and explore Ghana’s potentials.

What is good news is that a lot of these business leaders and investors received his appeal with a quite heart which and followed with powerful proposals for acceptance and implementation of their projects in Ghana.

But startling revelations coming out indicates that most of the projects proposed by investors and business leaders to cushion good people of Ghana won’t take off now or during the tenure of President Akufo Addo.

It became clear that unless the president look at his ministers, government appointees at ministries, departments and agencies with a kind of lighting, the numerous proposals submitted for various projects won’t be implemented.

Investigations revealed that most of these proposals when implemented would create jobs, serve the health needs and educational needs of the people won’t be implemented because of adversarial forces fighting against the president’s efforts in achieving development for the country.

Adversarial forces not witchcrafts, satanic forces or demonic forces. Rather, adversarial forces within the New Patriotic Party NPP government ministries, chief executive offices as well as within party activists who have arrogated to themselves certain powers that they do not deserve.

This came to light when yours truly conducted an undercover investigation over the undue delays over the implementation of some projects and businesses aim at seeking the welfare of the good people of Ghana.

A typical example is the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association [MAMA] executive proposal for assistance to the republic of Ghana in infectious disease control and prevention using humanitarian access vehicles [UHAV], construction of ten regional hospitals and ten regional medical stores in Ghana.

A Patriotic Ghanaian Mr. Emmanuel Quaye, based in North America last year led MAMA executives to meet the president and presented the executive proposal for implementation in Ghana.

The president met with Mr. Garvin Brown, the Chief Executive Officer [CEO] of [MAMA] who briefed the president about the project which have an initial duration of three years with an option to extend it for an additional three years that will cost a total of $500 million dollars which is divided as $150 million dollars for year one, $225 million dollars for year two and $125 million dollars for the final year.

The project overview has it that, the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association [MAMA] and its partners will develop the planning, operations and sustainment systems for unmanned humanitarian access vehicles[ UHAV] in support of Ghana’s implementation of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response [UNMER] in Ghana, pursuant to UN Security Resolution 2177 [2014] and the General Assembly Resolution 69/1.

And [MAMA]will focus on cost effective and proven capabilities of UHAV’s to transport critical medical supplies to the Ghanaian Regional Medical Centers and then return with medical samples to mission headquarters that will be a key to stop the spread of the Ebola disease, treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread to other countries.

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There is a need for a new central medical storage center and restocking of critical medical supplies to support the prevention and treatment of Ebola as well as the treatment of other infectious diseases and health problems.

Ghana’s Central Medical Store facility in the city of Tema was completely destroyed by fire on January 13, 2015. All drugs that were accumulated by Ghana for the Ebola treatment effort were destroyed as well as many other drugs, vaccines, and important medical consumables such as gloves, gowns, masks, syringes, and sterilizing agents. But under the project, the ministry of health will send [MAMA] a critical medical supplies list in the near future.

MAMA’s proposal offers great efficiency and flexibility for Ghana and the West African regional response to the Ebola emergency and other potential pandemic situation which includes UHAV’s provision of clinics in remote locations with critical medical supplies, vaccines, laboratory results and returned patient medical samples.

The president has stated on countless occasions that Ghana is on the cusp of a new, bold beginning, which will repudiate the recent culture of failure and since he assumed office has been urging both Ghanaian and foreign investors to come and invest in the country.

A Finder online news story which was posted on Ghana web on April 19,2018 had the president challenged that, “Ghana is a haven of peace, security and stability; a country where the principles of democratic accountability are now firmly entrenched in its body politic, and its where the separation of powers is real, to promote accountable governance.”

According to the Finder, the president said these when he addressed the second edition of the U.K-Ghana investment Summit on April 18, 2018 in London.

Nana Akufo Addo made it clear that his government is keen on establishing a business friendly economy to attract direct investments to exploit Ghana’s potential on mutual satisfactory terms.

He stressed that investments are protected in fact and in law in Ghana and assured that “the rule of law in Ghana is not a slogan, but an operating principle of state development.

Since he assumed office as the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo’s call to business leaders to invest in Ghana has always been received with a kind heart by many Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians always ready to return to the motherland with their expertise to help move the country forward.

Such a wonderful project which will bring great health benefits to numerous Ghanaians without cost has not been implemented because the executive proposal is still gathering dusts at the minister’s office whiles the investors keep asking Mr. President what is happening.

Stephen A. Quaye
Stephen A. Quaye

The author has authored 302 publications on Modern Ghana.
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