President Nana Akufo-Addo has said that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has silenced their critics by fulfiling the promises which hitherto were thought to be unachievable.
“…whilst we have been working to turn our economy around, we have also been keeping some of our key promises to the people of Ghana. The skeptics and the naysayers have been put to shame – Free SHS is now a reality,” the president said on Saturday 7 July 2018 during his speech at the National Delegates Conference of the party at Koforidua.
He explained that: “Last academic year, ninety thousand more young boys and girls got into Senior High School than they did the year before because of the policy. This year, the figure will double to one hundred and eighty thousand, and to take care of this additional population, we are going to recruit over eight thousand more teachers”.
He said government will ensure that every young Ghanaian child, no matter where he or she is born, no matter the financial circumstances of his or her parents, will have access to a minimum of quality secondary school education.
“We have doubled the Capitation Grant. We have expanded the School Feeding Programme. We need an educated workforce to build 21st century Ghanaian prosperity. We have restored teacher and nurses’ trainee allowances. We have revived the National Health Insurance Scheme. Much of the debt that was strangling it has been paid by judicious management, and the card has become meaningful again, because service providers are now being regularly paid”.
According to Mr Akufo-Addo, his government has “stabilised power supply, and have now made ‘dumsor’ a thing of the past, and, in the process, we have significantly reduced electricity tariffs”.
He said “digitisation and formalisation of the economy has begun in earnest. And all this has been done in 18 months. Four and a half years of Mahama’s government was bereft of any such achievement”.