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How could you be this diabolic? – Kennedy Agyapong to NDC on Free SHS claims

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Kennedy Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central has chided the National Democratic Congress over its claims that the Free SHS programme has worsened the financial burdens of parents.

Speaking on Net2 television, Kennedy Agyapong rebuked the opposition party over what he claims to be a ‘diabolic’ attempt to run down the government.

Kennedy Agyapong was shocked that the Free SHS programme which he thinks has made high school affordable and accessible will be criticized by any Ghanaian.

Kennedy Agyapong was reacting to promises made by the NDC for the education sector which have been captured in their manifesto.

He opined that Free SHS has levelled the playing field for both the poor and rich to have access to secondary school education.

“I want Ghanaians to know that before this Free SHS, under any government, from JHS to SHS and the University not less than 100,000 students were left behind. It’s not because they did not meet the criteria but because they did not have money. Free SHS has today allowed both the poor and the rich to go to school”.

“The enrollment under the NPP is over one million. Under NDC, we were talking about between 600,000 and 700, 000”.

Quoting portions of the NDC manifesto which implies that the Free SHS policy has not been implemented well by the NPP, Kennedy Agyapong said “how on earth can anybody be diabolic and put this in his manifesto. How can you say that Free SHS has worsened the burden on parents?

He indicated his disappointment in the party for making unsubstantiated claims about the policy.

“Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS even take care of uniform for students so how can you say this? It’s a pity when you read what they said”, he lamented.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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152 Kgs Of Cocaine Disguised As Sugar, Busted At Tema Port

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The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC), acting in concert with the National Security Council has impounded 152 kgs of cocaine disguised as sugar at the Tema Port.

According to the Narcotics Control body, they received a tip-off that a consignment of 50 containers that was departing Brazil to Ghana was likely to contain the contraband substance.

Acting on the information received, NACOC together with security personnel, mounted surveillance on the shipment until the contraband substances were intercepted.

In all, 150 slabs of substances suspected to be narcotics were retrieved from the consignment under the joint operation.

A number of persons are said to have been arrested and are assisting security personnel with investigations.

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Government to establish model SHSs in Zongo communities – Bawumia

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The government is to establish Model Senior High Schools (SHSs) in all Zongo communities across the country, the Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced on Friday.

He emphasized quality education was key to a successful life, hence it was imperative to make SHS education easily accessible to Muslims in the country.

Dr. Bawumia said very soon Zongo communities would realise the fruits of the Zongo Development Fund and witness remarkable improvement in their socio-economic lives.

The Vice President gave the announcement when he addressed the chiefs and people of Wamfie in the Dormaa East and Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West Districts at separate durbars, as part of his two-day working visit to the Bono Region.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia noted though the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government nearly collapsed it, the national economy had been resuscitated due to the implementation of sound and pragmatic economic policies by the President Akufo-Addo’s government.

He said the government had successfully repaid cash deposits of 85,000 out of the 88,000 customers of the defunct ‘DKM’ microfinance company whose monies were locked up.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia promised all customers whose monies were locked up would receive their cash deposits, and advised them to exercise patience and cooperate with the official liquidator.

Barimah Dei Kusi Gyabaah, the chief of Amasu in the Dormaa Central Municipality and Ankobeahene of Dormaa Traditional Area, appealed for the reshaping of the Nkrankwanta town roads.

He appealed to the government to stock the Nkrankwanta Polyclinic with medical devices and also provide a tertiary institution to enhance the growth and development of education in the area.

Source: GNA

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‘I’m not like those who cut sods without funding’ -Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he secured funding for every project undertaken under his administration since assuming office.

President Akufo-Addo made this known at Enchi during day 2 of his 3-day tour of the Western North Region, where he cut the sod for the construction of the 71.25-kilometre Enchi to Elubo road, which will cost $116.2 million.

“When I came here a year ago, I assured the Chiefs and people that I will work hard to ensure that the Enchi to Elubo road commences. There were a number of processes, like the contractor and funding sources, that had to be completed before today’s ceremony could take place. All those processes have been successfully completed”

“I am not like some people who rush to cut sods without securing the requisite funding for the projects. I will never do that. When I cut the sod, it means all the processes have been completed and the money for the project is available. I am not out to deceive anyone,” he said.

Touching on the creation of the Western North Region, the President told the gathering that the equitable distribution of development and resources was one of the reasons that necessitated the creation of the region.

He further indicated that the Government had taken the decision to situate offices of the Departments and Agencies in all parts of the region.

He said construction is ongoing for the Regional Education Directorate which will be in Bibiani, as well as the Regional Agriculture Directorate in Juaboso, the Regional Feeder Roads in Aowin, and the Regional Highways Department in Sefwi Wiawso, the capital of the Region.

President Akufo-Addo, therefore, appealed to the people of Aowin to vote massively for him and the NPP’s parliamentary candidate in order to “do more.”

Source: presidency.gov.gh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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