Dear Editor, I wish to congratulate President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his inauguration as the fifth President of the Fourth Republic of our beloved country.
I also take this opportunity to express my opinion about what I want President Akufo-Addo to do for this country.
To set the ball rolling, I know he is implementing the Free Senior High School Policy that has enabled many brilliant needy students to access education. However, I would want him to turn his attention to the schools preceding the SHS, namely the kindergarten, nursery, primary and junior high schools.
Even though they are also free by virtue of the implementation of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), I humbly suggest that his administration invests a lot of resources there since they constitute the formative years of every child.
Many of the classrooms at these levels are not suitable and conducive for learning. In simple terms, they are not learner-friendly. If resources are invested, many of the products that will ultimately be in SHSs will be very good products.
One of the most important things I would want the government of President Akufo-Addo to do is to fashion out policies to reduce the importation of products into the country.
If this county will develop, it will be based on believing in ourselves and supporting what we do here. Doing things the same way it has been done over the years hasn’t been helpful and there is the need for a change.
I know it will not be an easy thing to do but that’s the surest way of growing our economy and supporting our agricultural and manufacturing industries.
I suggest that the President encourages many to go into agriculture by resourcing them to grow all that we eat in this country and eat what we grow here.
I know there are many impediments to its implementation but it will be the most suitable thing to do if only we want this country to develop. Importing rice, flour, chicken and even toothpicks into the country has become old-fashioned and we need to turn the tides in our favour.
I was excited to learn that two of the policies introduced by President Akufo-Addo - the 1D1F and the Planting for Food and Jobs - employed many people to enable us to get closer to what I am suggesting.
I also want the President to help the country protect its resources. I always hear that corruption is one way the nation loses a lot of its revenue. I trust and believe the President will be able to help deal with this situation to enable the country to save a lot of money.
Our country needs to develop and if all the money is lost through corruption, there is no way we can achieve any target we set for ourselves.
Furthermore, I want the President to support children on the streets. In Ghana, a lot of children are homeless due to poverty and also lack of parental care and control.
Some of them end up engaging in all kinds of social vices such as armed robbery, drug abuse, prostitution and a whole lot. The worrying part is that the girls among them end up getting pregnant and increasing the number of teenage pregnancies in the country.
The future of these girls is seriously affected when they get pregnant.
I believe if these suggestions of mine are considered, our country will be a fantastic place to be.
Monalisa Akosua Nyarko,
University Basic School,
Private Mail Bag,
Cape Coast, Central Region.
Check the activities of people who preach and sell in trotro
Dear Editor, I wish to express concern about the activities of people who sell medication and preach in public transport, popularly known as ‘trotro’.
Much as those who sell in vehicles do so to earn a living and those who preach do so to spread the word of God, which is good, their conducts inconvenience other passengers in the vehicle, especially now that we have a pandemic at hand.
Some of these people shout at the top of their voices just so that they will attract the attention of the people in the vehicle. Others keep throwing their hands in the air to emphasise what they are saying, and if one is not careful, he or she could get hit by them.
Others also unintentionally spit into the air, which in today’s era of COVID-19 is very dangerous. Yes, one could argue that they wear face masks nowadays, but most of them pull it down their chins once they start talking, which is not the best.
I remember in the heat of the pandemic, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) came out with a statement suspending their activities. I don’t know whether the suspension has been lifted.
Much as I don’t want anybody to be deprived of his or her source of income or prevented from spreading the word of God, it behoves of them not to inconvenience other passengers and put their lives in danger.
I take this opportunity to advise the GPRTU to ensure that those who sell and preach in their vehicles
wear the face masks while talking. Drivers should also insist on this.
Lord Paa Kojo Mensah,
First Baptist School,