Politics of Saturday, 26 October 2013
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday renewed his commitment to fulfill all his 2012 campaign promises before the 2016 general election.
He therefore called on Ghanaians to exercise restraint and support the government to achieve those goals for the betterment of the entire nation by playing their respective roles responsibly.
President Mahama renewed the commitment when he inspected the 200-acre land in the Odupong traditional area that has been released for the construction of a Community Day Senior High School (SHS) in the Awutu-Senya East Municipal Assembly.
During his 2012 campaign, President Mahama promised to establish 200 new Community Senior High Schools in selected districts in the country.
Out of the number, 50 schools would be built in selected deprived communities in selected districts throughout the country every year.
The first phase of the schools construction would be made up of 24- classroom block each, four science laboratories, libraries, eight offices for Heads of Departments, ICT laboratories, Headmaster's bungalows and a block of staff flats for eight tutors.
President Mahama stated that about 47 per cent of Junior High Students had over the years failed to gain admission for further studies on account of inadequate access to secondary education, hence his resolve to increase the number of high schools throughout the country.
He appealed to the beneficiary communities to reciprocate that gesture by willingly releasing land and other facilities for the execution of development projects in their areas of jurisdiction.
President Mahama appealed to his critics to make constructive criticisms that would help his administration to take the right steps towards the execution of development projects.
The President said government had just begun its development agenda and hoped that by the end of the four-year mandate all the campaign promises would be fulfilled, a situation he said, would convince Ghanaians to return his administration to power.
Nai Odupong Awushie Tetteh II, Paramount Chief of Ofaakor, near Kasoa, commended President Mahama for fulfilling the promise to establish a public SHS in the municipality.
He said he was particularly delighted on account of his profession as a teacher, coupled with the fact that the whole area was without any public Second Cycle institution.
"I am so happy that President Mahama has walked the talk and I now want to believe that he will fulfill all other promises he made during the 2012 general elections campaign," he added.
Mr Samuel Sarpong, Central Regional Minister, gave the assurance that government would continue to galvanise the support of all development partners to provide basic amenities for Ghanaians, irrespective of their geographical location.