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Pregnant women cry over abandoned maternity block project in Sunyani


Date: Wednesday April 24, 2019, 11:32 am


By: WatchGhana.Com/K. Peprah


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The abandoned Maternity block
The failure by the Sunyani Municipal Assembly to complete work on the construction of a-GHC500,000 maternity ward complex for the Sunyani Municipal hospital has attracted the displeasure of pregnant women in the Municipality.

The pregnant women have appealed to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to compel the Sunyani Municipal Assembly to release funds to finish the project which is about 85 percent complete, so to provide enough space for them before, during and after labour.

In an interview with our Brong Ahafo Regional Correspondent during a visit to the project site in Sunyani on Tuesday, the pregnant women who were attending antenatal clinic complained bitterly over the lack of space and dilapidated condition of the hospital’s old maternity block.

Investigations revealed that works on the project started in 2016, but the construction firm abandoned it because the assembly had failed to release the GHC150,000 it owed the contractor to complete the project.

The project is demand driven and being funded through the Assembly’s share of the District Assembly Common Fund.

Checks at the Assembly’s record reveal funding for the project was captured and budgeted for in 2017, 2018 and 2019 action plans and annual budgets of the Assembly, but efforts to contact the city authorities were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the Sunyani Local Accountability Network (LANet), a local branch of the Ghana Anti-corruption Coalition has given the Assembly 90-day ultimatum to complete the project or face their wrath.

Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Secretary of LANet, in an interview with our correspondent said the assembly had not justification to abandon the project because its execution was based on the demand of the people.

He said the assembly failure to complete the project was worrying because it was impeding government’s effort to achieve the Goal Three of the Sustaining Development Goals which aimed at ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being of all people.

Mr Ahenu who is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation (GLOMeF), a human rights and anti-corruption media advocacy non-governmental organization said LANet had engaged with the Assembly at several meetings, but it had failed to complete the project.

He said checks at the Assembly showed that it received its 2017 share of the DACF amounting to Ghc2, 085,309.21 and that of the first and second quarters of 2018 totaling GHC782, 307.37.

Mr Ahenu lamented over what he described as calculated attempt by successive governments which abandoned projects initiated by their predecessors in the country, a situation which remained as a bane to accelerated national development.

This and many of such scenarios are making the nation to lose billions of cedis and depriving citizens access to basic social rights and privileges.

To address this, Mr Ahenu said the country required a long term development plan that would push and force successive governments to continue and complete projects initiated by their predecessor to protect the national purse.

He however, commended the Assembly for re-awarding the construction of a mental health unit block at the municipal hospital which had been abandoned for some years now.

Source: WatchGhana.Com/K. Peprah

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