Former President John Dramani Mahama over the past few days on his campaign tour had been vociferous against the Akufo-Addo led government on some key policy areas like the Free Senior High School .
While addressing National Democratic Congress (NDC) delegates at Nsuta Kwaman Beposo in the Ashanti Region as part of his campaign tour he said, “when these students graduate where will they get employment? Some of that money should go into investing in the productive sector so that it can generate employment opportunities, so that as the children are coming out of free SHS, they can get work to do. But when we say it, they don’t heed”.
But, the Deputy Communications Director of the ruling NPP, Maame Yaa Aboagye jabbed Mr Mahama over such ill-informed claims and urged him to rather apologise to Ghanaians for failing to listen to their cries when he had the opportunity to do so.
Throwing more light on why the Akufo-Addo led government is keen on making education free for all, she said, “the NPP is not a Social Democratic Party like the NDC but rather a Liberal Conservative Party. As a matter of fact, it is not in the DNA of the NPP to design and implement social intervention programMes like we are doing today but times have changed so we have to adjust our policies and programmes to meet the social demands of our people. It is therefore for good reason that the Akufo-Addo led government has made it its priority to ensure that no child is left behind uneducated”.
“It is the agenda of the NPP and the vision of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to empower the private sector to create jobs and champion development.
“The NDC which calls itself a Social Democratic Party has failed to portray the ideals and principles that it should stand for. They have not as at today designed or implemented any social intervention programme in this country. If they have, they should name just one(1) to earn the applause of Ghanaians,” she challenged.
It would be recalled that the NPP under John Agyekum Kufuor introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Metro Mass Buses, National Youth Employment, School Feeding Programme amongst others.
Responding to the availability or otherwise of jobs for these graduates, she said, “So far, the Akufo-Addo led NPP government has implemented a lot of policies such as 1D1F, NEIP for entrepreneurs, reduction of taxes for businesses & industry, reduction of tariffs etc to help the private sector thrive and empower it to create jobs for the citizenry. Graduates can take advantage of all these policies to better their lives and that of the next generation”.
Story: Kofi OWISU TAWIAH
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