“GHANAIANS cannot wait for the next 20 years before benefiting from free senior high school education”, the flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has stated.
He has, therefore, asked Ghanaians to vote out the National Democratic Congress (NDC), which insists that it would take two decades before the implementation of the free senior high school, and usher in the NPP to execute the policy which it will start in its first year of governance.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who was addressing a rally at the Karikari Brobbey Park at Dansoman in the Ablekuma West Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, as part of his “Restoration of Hope” campaign, noted that the NPP had really planned a budget and identified the funding sources. It was, therefore, confident that it would be possible to make education free from kindergarten to senior high school level.
The Ablekuma South campaign marked the end of the second phase of the Greater Accra tour, which lasted over a month.
The occasion was also used to launch the constituency’s campaign and introduce the parliamentary aspirant, Ms Ursula Owusu, and other party executives. It attracted leading members of the party, including the wife of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, running mate to the flag bearer, Mrs Samira Bawumia; former Finance Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo; and a leading member of the party, Mr Attoh Quashie.
Adani Best, a Ghanaian musician, treated the crowd to his famous “Gyata Bi”. He and his dancers, including a man dressed as a lion, danced to the music dubbed “Cub”.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who exhibited his multi-lingual skills by speaking English, Ga, Twi and French to the admiration of the crowd, noted that when it assumed power, the NDC made the payment of judgement debt their priority and managed to secure GH¢ 830 million to pay for those debts some of which were doubtful.
He said the NPP had realised that with the current trend in the world, education had become very crucial for the advancement of any nation and that if the country wanted to make strides in the advancement of its economy, it could not allow education, especially at the secondary level, to be the preserve of only the rich.
He added that allowing education to be out of the reach of the poor would also have dire consequences for the unity, peace and prosperity of the nation, hence the decision of the NPP to amend the Education Act to ensure that basic education ended at senior high school and not at junior high school.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who had earlier walked through some principal streets of the constituency in the company of the Ms Ursula Owusu to exchange pleasantries, assured the fishermen of Chorkor and other areas that the next NPP administration would bring back the Ministry of Fisheries to cater for the needs of the fishermen.
He indicated that unlike the NDC, the NPP would not allow politicians to meddle in the distribution of the pre-mix fuel, but would stay off and allow the fishermen to take charge of the distribution of the fuel.
He gave the assurance that his administration would stabilise the cedi against the country’s major trading currencies, modernise the economy and start an industrial revolution that would generate the needed jobs for the people and also create wealth for the nation.
Nana Akufo-Addo told the crowd that he was not in politics to amass wealth, but wanted to serve the people and ensure that he and his team worked assiduously so that posterity would refer to him as the President whose era witnessed the greatest transformation of the country.
He said God did not create Ghana as a poor country, but the nation was going through hardship due to poor leadership and bad policies by the NDC and assured the people that the NPP would change this and exhibit visionary leadership and better policies that would reverse the bad trend.
Written By: Eric, Becky & Josephine