Dennis Miracles Aboagye: Mahama played no role in UGMC construction; credits Mills and Akufo-Addo


Dennis Miracles Aboagye, spokesperson for the Bawumia Campaign Team, has refuted claims that former President John Dramani Mahama was involved in the construction of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), asserting that the project was initiated by late President John Evans Atta-Mills and completed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.


Addressing the public during the Next Chapter series of the Bawumia campaign team on Sunday, June 16, 2024, Aboagye clarified the history of the UGMC’s construction.


“President Mahama never built the University of Ghana Medical Centre. He had no hand in the construction of the University of Ghana Medical Centre. Two presidents rather constructed the edifice,” Aboagye affirmed.


He detailed the sequence of events, stating, “Former President Mills built phase one of the University of Ghana Medical Centre which he couldn’t complete. Former President Mahama came to continue and he didn’t finish it. President Akufo-Addo came to complete the phase one and commissioned it.”


Aboagye continued to explain the progression of the project, highlighting President Akufo-Addo’s role in securing funding for phase two of the UGMC through parliamentary approval.


“President Akufo-Addo came and went to Parliament for approval of the loan to construct phase two of the University of Ghana Medical Centre. The loan facility for phase two forms part of the loans Akufo-Addo is always accused by the NDC that he has accumulated,” he clarified.


He emphasized that phase two was entirely initiated and completed under the Akufo-Addo administration, reiterating that former President Mahama had no involvement in the project.


“Let me put on record tonight that it is never true that Mahama built UGMC. President Mahama, His Excellency the former president, had no hand in the construction of the University of Ghana Medical Centre,” Aboagye asserted firmly.


He also criticized the logic behind opposition from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regarding the National Patriotic Party’s (NPP) claim to the UGMC project, drawing comparisons to the NDC’s acknowledgment of their construction of Terminal 3 at Kotoka International Airport.


“The NDC built Terminal 3 which is beautiful. They built it on the existing Kotoka International Airport and that’s fine. But when we tell them we built phase two of UGMC, they say it is not a standalone facility so we cannot take credit for it. What sort of logic is this?” he questioned.


Aboagye’s remarks aimed to clarify misconceptions surrounding the UGMC’s construction and underscore the NPP’s contributions to infrastructure development in Ghana.

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