Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has described the claim by former President John Dramani Mahama that the nationwide roll-out of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) programme was causing hardships as untenable and not supported by the facts.
Dr Bawumia noted the hardships and suffering of Ghanaians during the tenure of the former president and pointed out that “even without Free SHS, the Mahama government cancelled teacher training allowances, cancelled nursing training allowances, cancelled import duty waivers for health professionals, and increased taxes on every conceivable good including bicycles, condoms, ambulances and cutlasses. You brought the NHIS to its knees and returned healthcare to a cash and carry system. You failed to provide employment for thousands of qualified graduates.”
Speaking at a rally organised by the youth wing of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Obo Kwahu in the Eastern Region as part of activities marking this year’s Easter festivities on Saturday, 20 April, 2019, Dr Bawumia noted that notwithstanding the implementation of free SHS, the government has implemented a large number of broad socially inclusive policies which the former president was unable to deliver because of the poor management of the economy under his watch.
“We have been able to implement all of these policies and programmes and still implement free SHS, because we have managed the economy better. The issue is, therefore, not free SHS but the competence in managing the economy which allows for the implementation of forward-looking programmes and policies,” Vice President Bawumia declared.
Vice President Bawumia had earlier taken part in a massively attended health walk organised by the youth wing of the party, led by Henry Nana Boakye