Acting President of the Shama Traditional Council Nana Kwamina Wienu II has described as frustrating and unfair instances where governments go ahead to cut the sod for the construction of projects amidst pomp and pageantry only to abandon them almost immediately after.
According to the traditional ruler, the joy and expectations of traditional leaders, residents and other beneficiaries of such projects are raised high during such sod-cutting ceremonies and therefore when nothing happens “the only conclusion and inherent message will be that perhaps it was a ploy”.
He has, therefore, entreated governments not to cut the sod for any project when they know that they do not have the wherewithal to start and complete it.
Nana Kwamina Wienu II, who is also the Chief of Shama Yabiw, made the observation in an interview during the Tuesday, February 15 edition of Connect FM’s morning show Omanbapa on the stalled Shama District Hospital.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in August, 2020 cut the sod for the construction a 100-bed two-storey Shama District Hospital.
The €32-million project, which is being funded by Standard Chartered Bank with credit guarantee support from Sinosure China, was to be executed by Poly Changda Oversees Engineering Company Limited.