General News of Thursday, 15 November 2012

Source: Daily Graphic

I’ll set up educational commission - JOY

The Independent presidential candidate in the 2012 election, Mr Jacob Osei Yeboah, a.k.a JOY, has said his ‘‘national unity government’’ will put in place an educational commission that will determine the duration of senior high schools.

‘‘We need to go back to the drawing board on whether the country needed a three-year or four years duration for the SHSs and it is only when he was voted into power that the fortunes of education could be turned around’’, he declared at press conference in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region on Monday.

He said the previous and current administrations were killing the educational system in the country.

Mr Yeboah, also promised to set up a Ministry of Education and Industry to employ many graduates to fill the yawning gaps created in the industry.

He said the current arrangement was not suitable for the creation of jobs for the teeming graduates thereby compounding the unemployment situation in the country.

According to Mr Yeboah, the constitutionally mandated free, compulsory basic education (FCUBE), had been destroyed and was not even free as it should be, adding that, education which should be a key part of the socio-economic development of the nation was currently not helping the country.

The independent candidate stressed that multi-party politics had not brought any significant change in Ghana as an individual country and Africa in general and so there was the need for the establishment of a government system that the people would believe in it, saying, ‘‘that is the ‘‘unity government’’ everyone was yearning for’’.

He declared, ‘‘ The 2012 election is not about the interest of individual personalities and parochial political party aspirations but rather it is about the lives of the people and no political party will help salvage the economic and social problems of the country. We were born into families but not into political inclinations and if the political parties that we entrusted our destiny into their hands have failed us, let us vote them out’’.

Mr Yeboah said his administration would come up with a national development agenda that would seek to sustain the progress of the country, adding that, he had persistently advocated for an upper chamber of parliament made up of chiefs, religious body representatives, students, youth and other identifiable institutions but his suggestions had fallen on death ears.

He explained that such a second representative of the masses would have taken far-reaching decisions that would have served the interest of the larger population but not the minority few who were exploiting the current situation to their advantage.

A Sunyani-based Lawyer, Dr S. K. Ankamah, who shared in the vision of the Independent Candidate, noted that multi party political system was alien to Ghana in particular and Africa as a whole, adding for instance that, the 1992 Constitution was not a God-given system and that was why there were myriad of problems in its implementation.

He observed that the current political dispensation which had engulfed Ghana was the cause of the many challenges, saying, ‘‘We do not consider multi-party democracy as suitable for Ghana and Africa for our development agenda. Political partisanship has rather brought about inferno in Africa and so we need to form a national unity government where everyone will have a say’’.

Dr Ankamah suggested that under the so-called national unity government there should be a constitution whereby every constituency would elect its own Members of Parliament (MPs) who would then elect their own President, adding that, such a system would be devoid of acrimony, violence, intolerance and impatience as it was being witnessed at present in the run-up to the general elections.

According to him, he formed a national unity movement in 1998 and pointed out that political pluralism was ideologically based which was not suitable for a young country such as Ghana that was seeking to develop, saying that, ‘‘We need to harness the abundant resources at our disposal for development and that can only be done effectively when there was a unity government in place’’.