The people of Assin South in the Central Region had a rare opportunity to meet their Member of Parliament (MP) and other stakeholders to discuss the issues confronting the area and chart a common way forward.
Last Thursday, the MP for the area, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, organised a meeting which was a novelty and an initiative to discuss myriad of issues pertaining to all sectors of the economy.
Opening the meeting, Rev. Fordjour said the government, under President Akufo-Addo, would fulfil all the promises made to Ghanaians, particularly the free senior high school (SHS) policy, which was its flagship.
He said resources that abound in the area would be tapped for the benefit of the people.
Rev. Fordjour announced that 4,250 electric meters which had been acquired would be distributed, adding that: “People and areas without electricity will be connected to the national grid.”
“There are 10 communities in the district without electricity and I have written to the Ministry of Energy to facilitate the process to enable them to be connected to the national grid,” he said.
He said the town hall meeting was the government’s effort to decentralise the system, adding that the platform was non-partisan to discuss the issues confronting the area.
A Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said the town hall meeting was aimed at disseminating information to the people and taking feedback that would guide the government in the implementation of its policies.
“What we are saying is that everybody should participate in the formulation of the government policies and programmes. If all of us play our part, we will be able to craft policies that will benefit all,” he said.
Commenting on education, Mr Oppong-Nkrumah said the government would pursue the free SHS policy vigorously and urged parents to take advantage of the policy to ensure their children got enrolled in school.
He said the programme was geared towards relieving the huge financial burden on parents while providing free and accessible quality education to every eligible Ghanaian student to compete with their counterparts globally.
He noted that the world had become a global village and, therefore, the policy would enable more Ghanaian students to freely access quality education to help them to adequately compete globally.
Mr Oppong-Nkrumah asked Ghanaians, especially religious and traditional leaders, not to exclude themselves from the governance process but continually offer constructive criticisms, guidance, prayers and innovative ideas to speed up the process of nation-building and conflict resolution.
The acting President of the Assin Atandasu Traditional Area, Nana Kwantwi Barima II, lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for initiating the free SHS policy and also coming up with the many policies to support development.