The Chairman of the Minority caucus in Greater Accra, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has threatened to stage a protest with residents of La and Ga Mashie if the government fails to include funding for the La General Hospital in the 2024 budget.
His remarks came after Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu disclosed that funding by the sponsors of the project was withheld because of the IMF deal.
In a statement to Parliament, Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu explained that the sponsors withheld the funds following Ghana’s engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“Mr. Speaker, what has happened is that after the engagement with the IMF, funding from those sources that Parliament approved of, the funding has been withheld by the sponsors.”
“Mr. Speaker, until the nation is given a clean bill of health by the IMF, it is going to be difficult for the funding to be released. This is why the government now wants to situate it within the context of Agenda 111, and that will mean that the facility will have to be scaled down a bit,” Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said.
Speaking in Parliament in Accra on Tuesday, Nii Lante Vanderpuye said, “I am assuring you that, if we don’t see it in the 2024 budget, we will not make the budget in this house come out. We will make sure that sitting will be disrupted until we see the La General Hospital captured in the budget. We will show you that you are on our land. This will be another showdown.”
“We will make sure that the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance will not enjoy the peace in their ministries. We are going to marshal the people of La and Ga Mashie to occupy your offices if you don’t work at the La General Hospital.”