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Free SHS: Ignore Mahama’s ‘Comic Relief’ Promise – Nana Boakye

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National Youth Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye has described as a ‘comic relief’ former president John Dramani Mahama’s statement to continue the free senior high school policy should he win power come December 7.

Mr Mahama in a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Na Abukari II stated that the next NDC government will maintain the free shs and not cancel it as thought. He urged Ghanaians to call anybody who claim he’ll cancel the free shs liar.

“If anybody tells you that I, John Dramani Mahama , will abolish Free SHS when I come into power tell the person he is a bloody liar,” he stated.

In reaction, Nana Boakye in a statement said, “Ghanaians should consider Mr. Mahama’s statement as comic relief because he (Mahama) couldn’t find few millions of cedis to reimburse three (3) consecutive terms’ Feeding Grants to keep Second Cycle Institutions in the northern part of Ghana opened.”

He added, “If Mr. Mahama couldn’t pay Trainees’ allowances in that he had to insensitively canceled it, where would he get over Ghc2 billion to fund free SHS?”

Read the full statement below:

JOHN MAHAMA DOES NOT BELIEVE IN FREE SHS; HE WILL COLLAPSE THE FREE SHS POLICY WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY

Reference to Mr. John Dramani Mahama’s dishonest and opportunistic disposition relative to the implementation of the Free SHS Policy, the National Youth Wing of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) wishes to bring clarity to the matter, lay the facts bare, and expose the mischief and contempt therein.

It would be recalled that on Saturday, 8th August 2020, Mr. Mahama paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Abukari II, during which he (Mr Mahama) made a deceptive statement that “Free Senior High School education has come to stay. He stated “If anybody tells you that I, John Dramani Mahama, will abolish Free SHS when I come into power tell the person he is a bloody liar”.

The Youth of the NPP finds this statement very deceptive and we wish to respond as follows:

1. That the general belief among Ghanaians that Mr Mahama will scrap the Free SHS Policy in the extreme unlikely event that he becomes President again is NOT the creation of any individual or group of persons but the explicit engineering of Mr Mahama himself as evident in his actions and utterances from 2008 to yesterday as stated forthwith.

2. That it is on record that Mr Mahama and the NDC in 2012 sponsored over 46 radio and television adverts against the Free SHS policy.

3. That Mr Mahama on November 23, 2012, told the people of Okere in the Eastern Region that “Free SHS will collapse the education system of Ghana”.

4. That Mr Mahama on October 1, 2018, reiterated his aversion to Free SHS, stating that it is unthinkable to spend 2 billion Ghana cedis on free SHS and that it is seriously constricting government’s budget and therefore when he becomes President, it will undergo a review.

5. That Mr Mahama on November 25, 2017, stated that “Lalasulala Free SHS will fail”.

6. That Mr Mahama at the NDC’s Tarkwa unity walk strongly rejected the Free SHS policy stating that It is unwise to implement it.

7. That Mahama on his presidential primaries tour said to Akufo-Addo ”Free SHS is not working”

It is important to note that the stern opposition to the Free SHS policy witnessed over a decade is deep-rooted in the NDC. Every single member of the NDC including high ranking leaders have, over time, opposed and worked against the implementation of the Free SHS Policy as catalogued below:

1. On October 16. 2018, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang said free SHS is not working and that Ghanaians are complaining.

2. The General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah is on record to have said on October 1, 2018, that Free SHS is shambolic and that it will have to be scrapped.

3. The National Chairman of the NDC, Elder Ofosu Ampofo also on 18th December 2018 said: “free SHS is bogus because double Track system is causing teenage pregnancy”.

4. The then Minister of Education, Lee Ocran, on 10th September 2012 said ”Free SHS can only be possible in 2032, in 20 years time”.

5. NDC MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza, on June 19, 2018, said ”Over concentration on Free SHS stifling funds meant for other sectors of the economy”.

6. Felix Kwakye Ofosu on May 14, 2018, had this warning for the government ”You can’t use oil money to fund Free SHS”

8. Mahama Ayariga, on September 26, 2016, said ”Choose Mahama’s education policy, it is better than Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS.

The seeming endorsement given to Free SHS policy by Mr. Mahama is driven by ill-faith, deception and opportunism borne out of Mr. Mahama and the NDC’s innate tendencies to subtly associate themselves with goods things to benefit unduly from same.

If Mr Mahama couldn’t pay Trainees’ allowances in that he had to insensitively cancel it, where would he get over Ghc2 billion to fund free SHS? Ghanaians should consider Mr Mahama’s statement as comic relief because he (Mahama) couldn’t find few millions of cedis to reimburse three (3) consecutive terms’ Feeding Grants to keep Second Cycle Institutions in the northern part of Ghana opened.

It’s even pathetic that Mr Mahama failed to make a pesewa available to pay for his shambolic Progressively Free Education and E-Blocks. It took President Akufo-Addo to pay for the gargantuan debt inherited in the Education sector encompassing Progressively Free SHS, E-Blocks, Supply of Vehicles, Chalks, Textbooks among others.

It is instructive to note that the Nana Addo led NPP Government do not need the incompetent and insensitive Mahama to remind us that Free SHS is working and has come to stay.

The massive endorsement from Religious leaders, Traditional leaders and the testimonies about the Free SHS policy from parents and well-meaning Ghanaians coupled with the dozens of successfully implemented economic and social policies provide enough grounds for Ghanaians to vote for the NPP to prevent the NDC from destroying these transformative and progressive policies in future.

The young people in Ghana are grateful to the President, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his visionary leadership that has seen over 1.2 million Ghanaians access second cycle education free of charge.

Thank you.

…Signed…

Henry Nana Boakye (Esq)

(NPP, National Youth Organizer)

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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‘Nonchalant’ Akufo-Addo Aiding Activities Of ‘Western Togolanders’ – Sammy Gyamfi

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National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has admonished President Akufo-Addo for pampering and aiding the activities of secessionist group, Western Togoland.

According to him, the President has failed to show commitment in clamping down the activities of the group like how he deployed army to the Volta region just because of a voters registration exercise.

“The reason why their(secessionists) activities are fast festering and spiraling beyond our control is because the Akufo Addo government has been pampering these criminals. Their approach so far has been very lukewarm and lackluster, nonchalant it’s like they don’t care about what is happening.

“We were all in this country during the voter registration exercise which was conducted between June and August this year. When it suited their political agenda we saw the kind of military men they deployed to the Volta Region under the guise of the COVID-19 fight. Since these secessionists activities have been going on in the Volta Region we have not seen government display the same level of seriousness in the deployment of the military and other security agencies to fish these criminals out and deal with them drastically in accordance with the law. So they are being pampered and aided that is why their activities are festering.

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Residents Of Volta Region Accuse Government Of Masterminding Western Togoland Incident Yesterday

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Some residents of the Volta Region have expressed their doubts about the Western Togoland secessionists incident that occurred yesterday, accusing the government of masterminding the incident for political purposes.

Members of the Volta separatist, the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF) on Friday dawn blocked some roads in the Volta Region of Ghana as a means to express their agitation for independence from Ghana.

The group was also reported to have attacked two police stations in the North Tongu Constituency, stripping policemen on duty naked, and making away with weapons.

However, speaking to Samuel Eshun on the Happy Morning Show on the issue, Happy FM’s Volta Regional correspondent, Ivan Midorse, disclosed that some residents with “political eye” are of the view that the ruling government is involved in this action to prevent the people in the Volta Region from voting in this year’s election.

Meanwhile, Ivan notes that residents who are in support of the road blockage and are in jubilation are more than those who are against the movement.

“Those who are in support of the movement are actually happy it is happening but those who are not in support of it are not happy about what is happening. The people who are in support of this are probably more than those who are against it”, he added.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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You Said Free SHS Was A Hoax, How Do You Expand It? Bawumia Asks Mahama

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has quizzed National Democratic Congress flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama for promising he’ll expand the free senior high school policy to private schools.

Speaking on Nimdie FM in Sunyani on Thursday, Dr. Bawumia slammed the former president for saying the free shs was impossible and a hoax but now seek to benefit from it.

“How can you say you will expand Free SHS when you did not believe in it?” Dr. Bawumia asked Mahama.

“Mahama said Free SHS is a hoax. He said it was 419 and he said it is impossible. But after President Akufo-Addo successfully implemented it for the benefit of Ghanaians, he is now going round telling Ghanaians that he will expand it to private schools if Ghanaians vote for him.”

“When Nana Akufo-Addo said he would implement Free SHS to make sure every child goes to school for free, Mahama told Ghanaians that it wasn’t possible and if he had 2 billion cedis, he would not invest it in Free SHS.”

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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