While some Legislators on the ticket of the governing New Patriotic Party are busily doing photoshoot with the Ambulances amidst drumming and singing, their counterparts with the opposition National Democratic Congress are trying without success to deflate the euphoria surrounding the distribution of 275 of the 307 Ambulances to the Constituencies.
Notable is Joycelyn Tetteh, Member of Parliament for North Dayi who has raised the alarm over alleged sinister plans being hatched against the people of Ghana by President Akufo-Addo.
Joycelyn is heard on audio accusing President Akufo-Addo wanting to kill Ghanaians. She makes the point that Akufo-Addo hates Voltarians and wants them to die in droves, hence the decision to buy them ambulances.
To her, if Akufo-Addo doesn’t want Voltarians to die, what would be his motivation to buy them ambulances?
‘I heard he has built a fire service center or what do we call it, and ambulance center. Does he want us to die? If he is not building classroom blocks for our children to go to school but looking for a place to keep ambulances in the constituency, is he going to kill us for which reason he is preparing our coffins? If someone is preparing your coffin, it means he has plans to kill you’. She said.
Joycelyn, who made this allegation in a media interview, explained that President Akufo-Addo had told them it was his dream and his father had told him he will be president, he also deceived us with heavy promises like he will construct dams and what have you. Now if you inquire about the promises, he says he has done what he could so we should give him four more years to do more. If we should give Akufo Addo and his family four more years, then we the Voltarians should know that we no longer belong to Ghana. Because he is hiding behind people and pushing them to go say we need division as a region, no one will divide Volta region, the oneness we have shown as a region is what the NPP is envious of leading to the calving out of Oti from the original Volta. Was the original Volta bigger than Ashanti, how come Ashanti region was not divided? Eastern region is bigger than Volta, so how come Eastern was not toughed? Envy! Because he was envious of us, he succeeded in dividing the region.
Similarly, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram Constituency Samuel Nartey George says the ambulances procured by government and distributed to the 275 constituencies will not survive Ghana’s roads.
According to him, the nature of roads in the various constituencies will destroy the ambulances in no time.
Sam George, as he is popularly called, made this known on TV3’s New Day on Wednesday while discussing the much talked-about ambulances distributed on Tuesday, January 28.
After being parked for months, the ambulances procured for the National Ambulance Service under the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives were commissioned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Black Star Square.
Branded with names of the 275 constituencies, the ambulances were handed to the various representatives in Parliament.
Many had called for the immediate distribution of the ambulances when they were procured from Germany.
Political parties notably the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said the government was insensitive to lives of the ordinary Ghanaian by not distributing the ambulances as more deaths are recorded.
“Indeed government’s heartless handling of this ambulance fiasco so far underscores the fact that President Akufo-Addo has very little regard for the lives of Ghanaians, particularly considering the snobbish remarks by the Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Hawa Koomson that Ghanaians were already dying before the ambulances were procured,” the NDC said in a statement.
Emergency healthcare services in Ghana received a major boost as government distributed over 275 Ambulances, more than 300 EMT Drivers and support staff and 30 Dispatchers to constituencies nationwide.
The ambulances were procured under the government Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) currently being implemented by the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives.