The Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu has explained his decision to take the President and the Vice president to Agenda 111 projects where work had been unnecessarily delayed.
It would be recalled that President Nana Akufo-Addo fumed over the slow pace of work on the Agenda 111 hospital project in the Bolgatanga East District of the Upper East Region when he paid a working visit to the region on Friday, August 5, 2022.
When the President got to the site, he could not hide his disappointment that he had to asked, rather angrily, “Adeɛ nu wɔ hene?” To wit, “where is it [the Agenda 111]?”
However, speaking to Mark Smith on Daybreak Upper East show, Mr. Yakubu said it was a deliberate decision to take the president to some of the Agenda 111 hospital projects where work was not going at the desired pace.
According to him, he wanted the president to see how slow some of the contractors working in the projects were.
He said, “when the president came here, I took him to areas. When the Vice president also came, it was very intentional to take him to places that we are not performing. I wanted him to see things as they are. I’m not someone who will want to hide things behind the curtains. I will continue to let the president know exactly what is happening on the ground so that those who are not performing, we will make sure that they perform.”
“I know people even said the president was not happy and he is going to fire the minister. People thought, why would you take the president there to see but it was real. It was that the contractor was not performing. Why will I hide that from the president?”
“I want the president to see what is happening on the ground. He saw that and he wasn’t happy with the contractor and how things were and the contractor has put his axe together and now we are where we are.”
Mr. Yakubu noted that after the president’s visit, work has been fast tracked.
He said “when I did that, I’m very happy to tell you that actions have been taken and they are almost at the roofing level.”
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz| Samuel Adagom|Ghana