Let’s work hard, pass and pass well to mute critics of Free Senior High School Education in the country, President Akufo-Addo has said.
He wants the beneficiaries of the policy especially the final year students to shame critics of the programme by obtaining good grades when they sit for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) next year.
He believes the only to verify the efficiency of the policy is to get better results when they sit for the exam.
He disclosed this in interacting with students of St. Monica’s Senior High School in Asante Mampong in the Ashanti Region as part of his tour to the region.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo said, “I’m optimistic the beneficiaries will not disappoint the nation”.
“As you know, some people hate the program. Some big forces within this country opposed it. Some said it was too big a drain on the country’s resources. They have even indicated that when they come into office they will review it.”
“I want you to do one thing for me – in your exams that will be held in June next year which will be the first exams for the products of the Free SHS system, use it to shame them so that everybody in Ghana will know that yes, Free SHS was a good idea”, he told the students.
It followed comments made by Former President, John Mahama to the effect that that parent will soon start losing faith in the public senior high school system because of the drop in quality with the introduction of the program.
Since the introduction of the Free SHS, the opposition National Democratic Congress has been accused of working against the policy to score cheap political points.
But the President believes, “haters are not God and Free SHS has come to stay”.
Second Medical Drone Distribution Centre Commissioned
Nana Addo has commissioned Ghana’s second medical drone distribution centre to expand the reach of medical drone delivery services to all parts of the country.
The commissioning of the medical drone centre at Mpanya, a suburb in Mampong in the Ashanti Region, according to President Akufo-Addo, is part of the government’s broader commitment of ensuring that no Ghanaian is left behind in access to essential medicines.
Since the commencement of the operations of the first medical drone distribution centre in Omenako, in the Eastern Region, over 1,000 flights had been made, with over five thousand (5,000) products delivered.
Describing the medical drone service as being of great help in managing medical cases at the various facilities, he recounted the case of one Charles Coffie, a 44-year-old driver in the Eastern Region, whose life, was saved by the supply of emergency blood products after he suffered severe bleeding during an operation.
President Akufo-Addo stated that over the past two and a half years, his government has invested heavily in the healthcare delivery system of the country.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated that “The government is not buying the drones, neither are we paying for the infrastructure costs of the project. As per our contract with Zipline, they procure all the drones required, build the infrastructure, and the government pays for the cost of delivery of the medical products from the support the government receives from Corporate Ghana.”
MAMPONTENG TOWN TO SEE FACELIFT
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has cuts sod for the construction of Mamponteng town roads.
The chief of Mamponteng, Barimah Saasi Ayeboafo II, recently expressed outrage towards the President for neglecting him (the Chief) and his people after obtaining the highest number of votes from the Kwabre East Constituency in the 2016 election.
The Chief said there is nothing to show for the loyalty of his people for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the many years that they have voted for, especially in the nearly three years that Nana Akufo Addo came to power.
“We always pride ourselves that we gave this government the highest votes, but we have nothing to show for it; the NDC did something small for us by starting the construction of a market, so we expected our own NPP to do much better, but we haven’t seen anything”, he said.
The chief was speaking at a durbar at his palace when he summoned the Member of Parliament, Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Nana Osei Asibey Bonsu and the leadership of the NPP in the Kwabre East Constituency to appear before the people and answer for why the needed development has not been forthcoming.
But it seems the anger of the Chief to summon the leaders of the party in order to reprimand them for neglecting them has yielded fruit.
President Nana Addo via his tour met the Chief and people of Mamponteng and assured them of massive development.
The President, on that momentous day cuts sod for the construction of town roads of Mamponteng.
One of the key members of the President’s team, Road Minister, Hon. Akwasi Amoako Atta stepped in and affirmed the government commitment to construct roads throughout the country.
He called on Mamponteng Chief, Barimah Saasi Ayeboafo (II), to keep faith in the President’s words to him and his people.
Mr. Amoako Atta said, NPP government will leave no stone unturn to develop every road networks in the country.
“We’ll construct and upgrade all road networks in the country”.