We’ll fund free SHS with oil proceeds - Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that the proceeds from the Ghana’s oil would be channelled into the funding of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme which is set to take off next academic year.
He vowed that, under his watch, funds from the oil production would not be allowed go into few individual pockets when it could be used to finance the laudable educational policy to improve the quality of Ghana’s human resource.
President Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed a durbar of the Chief and the people of Senya Beraku, as part of his three-day tour of the Central Region.
The visit was to interact with the citizenry and get their feedback from his policies and programmes on first hand.
President Akufo-Addo said the free Senior High School Policy, which was heavily criticised by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) during 2016 Election Campaign would be operational in September as promised.
He said the policy was also intended to lessen burden, which made it extremely difficult for parents to send their children to secondary school.
President Akufo-Addo said the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, had worked extra hard and intelligently to ensure the smooth take -off of the policy as scheduled.
He said all social interventions outlined by the NPP, which were aimed at reducing poverty among Ghanaians, would be implemented to improve well being of the people; adding that Ghana was not naturally poor, but it was in a poor state because of bad governance and economic mess over the years.
President Akufo-Addo said the NPP Government inherited huge debts from the previous Government but that would not scare his administration.
Rather, it would strive hard to put in place good policies and programmes to revamp the wobbling economy.
He assured the people of Senya Beraku that the “One District, One Factory” Programme would be implemented soon, saying the disbursement of one million dollars for each of the 275 constituencies would also progress for infrastructural development.
President Akufo-Addo hinted that landing beach for Senya Beraku would soon be constructed to create jobs and wealth and also reduce the migration of the youth to other towns in search of non-existing jobs.
The President said directives had been given to the Ministries of Transport; and Roads and Highways to put in place measures to control excessive traffic congestion, which had hit Kasoa and beyond after the construction of the overhead bridge.
He announced that the road from Bawjiase to Obrachere would be constructed to facilitate the transportation of goods and services in the area.