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Propaganda ‘yaamutu’ – Kweku Baako hits back at Ato Forson

April 9, 2020 By 0 Comments

The Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, is challenging Cassie Ato Forson, a former Board Member of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), to produce evidence to back his claim that the previous government played a role in the construction of the BoG Hospital.

Mr Forson in an earlier statement countered Mr Baako’s claim that Mr John Dramani Mahama could not be credited with the BoG hospital. He said that the bank’s autonomy does not stretch to the use of public funds.

But, responding to the statement, Kweku Baako stated that the BoG Act is clear on how BoG profits are distributed.  He said the retained profits after distribution to the Consolidated Funds, if any, are used for operational purposes, for which the BoG has operational independence.

“That said, it is very clear if (And that’s a VERY BIG IF), Mr. Forson insists the President directed the use of operational resources at BoG, then it shows the degree of interference the President had at the Bank of Ghana (BoG), which then shows why Ghana had so many bank failures and macro-economic instability during the times Mr. Forson was a member of the Board/Authority of BoG and a Deputy Minister for Finance! The poverty of Mr. Forson’s intrusion should be manifest to all discerning Ghanaians! Propaganda yaamutu!” he wrote.

Read Kweku Baako’s reply;

I was thinking that as a former Deputy Minister for Finance and a member of the previous Board/Authority of BoG,  Mr. Ato Forson would have produced  something of evidential value to back up his/their case. He produces no minutes of Board meetings, which may illustrate either Ministerial or Presidential directives to the Management and Board of BoG relative to the conception and execution of TBH; he produces no Cabinet or Ministerial records or documentation to underscore any governmental involvement or directives in the project under reference.

All Mr Forson sought to do was to recollect the fact that he was a member of the previous Board/Authority of BoG and a former Deputy Minister for Finance.  How does that recollection sustain his/their case that TBH was inspired by the vision and leadership of President Mahama? Mr. Forson includes the construction of the International Maritime Hospital (IMaH) as part of President Mahama’s Health Infrastructural legacy. The conception and construction history of IMaH does not support his assertion.

The conception of IMaH crystallized in 2008. The plot for a new medical facility for GPHA was purchased in 2008.And there are official GPHA records to support that fact. Initial designs were done in 2009/10. Actual construction commenced in April 2012 and completed in October 2016. The project was fully funded by the GPHA. His reference to the upgrading and rehabilitation of the Ridge Hospital and the  construction of the University of Ghana Medical Centre(UGMC) were irrelevant in the context of my submissions relative to TBH and IMaH.

Indeed, I am on record as indicating that the conception and execution of those two projects can and should be credited to the Mills and Mahama Administrations! This is public record! There is abundant official/public record to show that  both Cabinet(including Ministerial) and Parliamentary Approvals for the construction of the two medical facilities,  transpired during the tenure of the two Administrations.

In the case of the Upper West Regional Hospital (Wa), I want to believe Mr. Forson knows that Cabinet and Parliamentary approvals for the loan agreements were effected in, April, August,  October and November 2008 respectively. Interestingly, when President Akufo-Addo was commissioning that hospital in November 2019, he underscored the fact that the construction trajectory and history of that hospital had travelled through the reigns of 4 Presidents; starting with Kufuor through to Mills, Mahama and himself(Akufo-Addo). How that project becomes the exclusive achievement of President Mahama is rather puzzling! The records do not support his point.

Somebody should call the former Deputy Minister for Finance’s attention to the fact the Bank of Ghana Act is clear on how BoG profits are distributed. The retained profits after distribution to the Consolidated Funds, if any, are used for operational purposes,  for which the Bank of Ghana has operational independence.

That said, it is very clear if (And that’s a VERY BIG IF), Mr. Forson insists the President directed the use of operational resources at BoG,  then it shows the degree of interference the President had at the Bank of Ghana(BoG), which then shows why Ghana had so many bank failures and macro-economic instability during the times Mr. Forson was a member of the Board/Authority of BoG and a Deputy Minister for Finance! The poverty of Mr. Forson’s intrusion should be manifest to all discerning Ghanaians! Propaganda yaamutu! Good morning Ghana!

By Maxwell Ofori / www.thechronicle.com.gh


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