Ken Ofori-Atta, the minister of finance, expressed optimism that the La General Hospital would be operational by the end of 2024.
The government reports that it has secured 50 million euros to complete the construction of the facility, meaning that the destroyed La General Hospital will be rebuilt.
The public, particularly the Minority in Parliament, has strongly criticized the government’s decision to demolish the building.
Nonetheless, the Finance Minister stated that contractors have moved to the location to start work in the 2024 budget that was submitted to Parliament.
On Wednesday, November 29, 2023, the Finance Minister promised the contractor that payments would be made on schedule, which would help to finish the project.
“We will have a standing committee to meet at least every fortnight to keep times on it so that next year, the President will be here to commission it,” Mr Ofori-Atta added.
On Wednesday, a delegation led by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta took a tour of the La General Hospital location.
The purpose of his visit, accompanied by his deputy Abena Osei Asare, was to verify that the project had, in fact, resumed work after a pause.
Following the tour, Mr. Ofori-Atta gave a brief speech in which he stated that service delivery at La General Hospital will likely resume in the upcoming year.
The project will start the following week, according to the Finance Minister, who made the announcement on November 15 while presenting the 2024 budget statement.
He said that a renegotiated contract would now source the project’s funding from the national budget.
This was after the Coalition of La Youth Associations called on the government to relinquish control of the stalled project and allow them to build the hospital.
They accused the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu of inconsistency regarding the construction.