“Only witchcraft will make people speak against Agenda 111” – Presby Moderator
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, 17th August 2021 cut sod for the construction of 111 hospitals in the country dubbed “Agenda 111”.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony at Trede in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region, the president said the construction of the 111 state-of-the-art hospitals has become necessary because the government had discovered 101 districts in the country without hospitals and therefore intends to construct one hospital in each of the identified districts.
Additionally, “The creation of the new regions also meant that government had to construct 7 Regional hospitals for the new regions, including a new one for the Western Region.” He also added that as part of Agenda 111, his government will “see to the construction of 2 new psychiatric hospitals for the Middle Belt and Northern Belt, respectively, and rehabilitate the Effia-Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region”.
Immediately after the sod-cutting ceremony, some Ghanaians, especially members of the opposition NDC, expressed doubt about the president’s political viability of the project. They argued that the president has since assuming office cut sod for several projects but for which nothing has been done beyond the sod-cutting ceremony.
In reaction to this, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante has described as ‘witches incarnate’ those who have cast doubt on the project.
Speaking at the Commissioning of the Assin Praso Presbyterian Hospital, which has been upgraded from a health centre, he described them as people who do not want the betterment of the country.
He advised those “devilish in nature” to see men of God who have supernatural powers to deliver them from the bad spirits.
According to pcgonline.org, Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante has been a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana since 1981 (37 years). He once served as the Presbytery Chairperson (the equivalent of a Bishop) in the Akuapem Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana from 2006-2011.
He has held pastoral positions in Presbyterian churches in Adum (Kumasi), Obuasi (District Pastor), Claremont (California), Pomona (California), Fontana (California), Trinity United Church (Legon), Atomic Hills Congregation (Accra), and now Faith Congregation at Shiashie in Accra.
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