By Newsdesk and agency report
Apparently concerned by lack of development in Ghanaian secondary schools, President Nana Akufo-Addo has disclosed that proceeds from the country’s oil sales would be channeled into funding of free Senior High School (SHS) Programme when it takes off next academic year.
He stated that so long as he remained as the President, funds from the oil production would not be allowed go into few individual pockets, while it could be used to finance the laudable educational policy to improve the quality of Ghana’s human resource.
Akufo-Addo gave the assurance during his three-day tour of the Central Region, where he interacted with citizenry on his policies and got their feedback.
He said that free Senior High School Policy, which was heavily criticised by opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) during 2016 Election Campaign would be operational in September as promised.
The president stressed that the policy was also intended to lessen burden, which made it extremely difficult for parents to send their children to secondary school.
Akufo-Addo hinted that the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew 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.
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.
The president disclosed 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.
He said directives had been given to the Ministries of Transport; and Roads and Highways to put in measures to control excessive traffic congestion, which had hit Kasoa and beyond after the construction of the overhead bridge.
Akufo-Addo announced that the road from Bawjiase to Obrachere would be constructed to facilitate the transportation of goods and services in the area.
Earlier, Minister of Fisheries and Aqua Culture, Elizabeth Quaye, hinted that the President had directed the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to work extra hours to produce more premix fuel to be supplied to fishermen in the country to avert shortage.
She said the Fisheries Ministry would soon start the registration of all canoes for free to enable the Ministry to have the accurate record for offering the needed assistance.
The Minister, however, cautioned fishermen and fisher folks to be extra careful about their dealings with Non- governmental organisations, (NGOs) which were not known to the Ministry to avoid swindling.
Minister of Special Development Initiatives, Mavis Koomson, said all was set for disbursement of the one million dollars package meant for 275 constituencies.
She said the money would be used to fund locally-initiated water, electricity and other projects, and urged them to adopt their own strategic plans for their benefit.
The Minister said micro businesses would be rolled out for women to enable them to engage in small scale enterprises to improve their living standards.