AKUFO ADDO “GOT IT WRONG ” – KWEKU BAAKO

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Kweku Baako

Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide
newspaper, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako, has said
the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic
Party (NPP), “got it wrong” when he referred
to the over-rated cost of the Ridge Hospital in
his ‘Real State of the Nation Address.’
According to Mr. Baako, Nana Akufo-Addo
should have checked his facts before making
the cost of Ridge Hospital public, especially
when IMANI Ghana has published their
research stating the issue of overpricing was
above board.
On March 1, the General Secretary of the
governing National Democratic Congress (NDC),
Johnson Asiedu Nketia, said at a news
conference that, “We note that Nana Akufo-
Addo also repeated his party’s lies about the
Ridge Project. He claimed that the Ridge
Hospital has been inflated by US$142 million
and the basis for this is a supposed Crown
Agent report.”
“What he showed was a shocking lack of
thoroughness and attention to detail. If he had
applied himself to a diligent search for
information he would have been aware that
the Crown Agent report he relied on has long
since been repudiated following
incontrovertible proof offered by the Ministry
of Health and the contractor to the effect that
the initial claims were unfounded,” the General
Secretary said.
However, Kwaku Baako said the NDC chief
Scribe employed distortion in his reference to
Nana Akufo-Addo about the matter.
“Nobody fabricated a $142 million anywhere.
It was a genuine calculation made by the
Crown Agent suggesting that they thought that
figure should be removed from the total
contract price,” he said.
Speaking on Joy FM and MultiTv’s news analysis
programme, Newsfile, Mr. Baako said the
report by Crown Agent Ghana Limited (CAGL) –
the company contracted to conduct the Value
for Money (VFM) Assessment, issued on
September 15, 2013, raised the issue of an
over pricing by US$142 million and not any
other individual.
“It is recommended that the total contract
price for the Ridge Hospital project should be
reduced by $142 million to a total contract
price for the whole of the works of $162
million dollars. Based on this recommendation,
it is further recommended that the two faces
should be constructed concurrently as a single
construction project under the current loan
facility.
This facility should be reduced to match the
recommended total contract price,” he quoted
from the report.
Mr. Baako said it was unnecessary for Mr.
Nketia to have responded to Akufo-Addo’s
comment if it were not for propaganda
purposes, especially when he is aware of the
reports by Crown Agent Ghana Limited.
Responding to the claim that Akufo-Addo will
harm his presidential bid by his comment, Mr.
Baako said this would be unlikely unless the
NPP leadership failed to manage such
incidences in the future.
“I am resisting the temptation to give examples
of opposition flagbearers who committed
similar gaps but got voted into office”, he said.
He said there are many of such people who
peddled “obvious untruth”, yet went ahead to
become leaders of the country.

Source : ghanaweb

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