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Mahama has no vision – Dr. Adutwum jabs



Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, a Deputy Minister for Education, says he did not see the vision of former President John Dramani Mahama who said that he had a vision of a progressive Free SHS but did not want to pay for the progressive.

The deputy minister explained that despite the introduction of the progressive Free SHS under the Mahama administration, the amount of money given to the schools was not paid for by the former president.

Speaking on Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday, the deputy education minister explained that the former president needed to pay the schools because “he eliminated the day school fees and then didn’t pay the schools. We had to pay…Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had to find money to pay when we came to power.”

He continued: “The progressive was never paid since they promised…that is why when they talk about, we are going to give a discount on the fees for universities. The track record is that when you promise you don’t deliver.”

“A president who doesn’t have a vision will not use double-track…,” Dr Adutwum said.

The Bosomtwe MP noted that the Senior High School in Ghana is a demand and supply situation and even when the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Addo, announced that in the next academic year under his administration school will be free, some opposition members doubted it.

Explaining the essence of the double-track system, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said: “Unfortunately some citizens thought it was not going to happen, so the first year, we had 365,000 students enrolling…then the following year everybody wanted to go; way beyond expectations…this became a great opportunity for us and was not a crisis moment because the parents have bought into the President’s vision. Everybody wants their child to go to a Senior High School…we had about 450,000 students enrolling.”

He quizzed: “Do you rather have the opportunity to educate 400,000 more students within a period of three years…or do you say, I’m going to abolish this and I don’t know what I am going to replace it with?”

Dr Adutwum added that when the Government of Ghana realized the number of students enrolling for the second year of Free SHS had increased, the government resorted to innovative practices just as happens across the world, which then led to the Double-Track system in the second year of the Free SHS.




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




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






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






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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