General News of Monday, 24 September 2012
Flagbeare of the New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given alternative sources of funding for his free Senior High School Education policy apart from using revenue from the oil exploration in the country.
Nana Addo was wonders why many are still skeptical at Ghana having a free SHS education when the nation is considered as the beacon of hope and a getaway to Africa and has all the rich natural resources at its disposal.
He said apart from mobilizing funds from the oil exploration in the country, his administration will cut down the profligate spending and the high level of corruption that has engulfed the country in the National Democratic Congress administration.
The NPP flagbearer made the disclosure while addressing students of the All Nations University College in Koforidua over the weekend, as part of his restoration of hope tour in the eastern region.
He said, Ghana was currently losing a lot of money as a result of the high corruption in the NDC administration in diverse ways.
Nana Addo Dankwa alleged that, the NDC government was spending the tax payers money recklessly and its appointees living extravagant life style .
He said, today the NDC government is inflating all contracts and works awarded by government, depriving the tax payer a lot of resources.
The NPP presidential candidate noted that, a six unit class room block that was costing GHC 850,000 three years back was now costing over GHC 240,000 under the NDC administration. He believes the NDC is deliberately duping Ghanaians in the name of awarding contracts.
“Now, if you inflate contracts sum and live flamboyant life style then you will find it difficult to get money to finance any social intervention program,” he maintained.
He added that, board members and government officials were taking home fat monies in the name of allowance and other incentives among many activities of this administration which he termed unnecessary.
Nana Addo Dankwa hinted that, he will reduce the corruption and profligate expenditure and seal all the leakages to save money and invest in the children’s education if he gets the mandate from Ghanaians in the December elections.
According to him, majority of Ghanaian cannot read and write and have no skills to make them earn a leaving because they did not have opportunity to go to school. He said a high number of JHS children dropped out from school because they could either not pass their examination or their parents had no money to continue.
He suggested the need for an educational system that will impart skills and knowledge in the children after school and prepare them for the job market if one cannot continue from where he stopped.
He described those with the conviction that, the free SHS can only be possible after 20 years as jokers and told them Ghana has no time to waste.
Nana Addo added that, the free SHS policy will include expansion of educational infrastructure and placing the teacher first on the ladder.