President Nana Akufo-Addo has said unlike the biggest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) does not fritter the country’s resources on guinea fowls (akonfem).
According to him, the NPP is a party that keeps its promises unlike the NDC.
“We are not like those who used the country’s resources to buy akonfem; those who believe that we will not be able to fulfill our promises”, the President told the chiefs and people of Buem in the Oti Region on Monday, 17 February 2020 as part of his three-day tour of the Oti and Volta regions.
“They keep saying that we are lying about the progress we have made on roads”, the Ppresident noted, adding: “That is why the media is here”.
“You can check and find out whether or not we are lying and inform everyone”, he urged the media.
President Akufo-Addo commended his Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, for the work being done in improving the country’s road infrastructure.
The President also promised the chiefs and people of Buem that: “If God permits, and we win the next election, we will put in place structures to establish a University here as well.”
According to him, his government is ensuring the equitable distribution of development in each of the six newly-created regions.
The President stated that “every region has a regional capital, as well as all the necessary regional institutions. These new regions will be no exception.”
He continued: “Yesterday, we inaugurated the Regional Agricultural Directorate in Nkwanta, today, we are inaugurating the Regional Educational Directorate here in Jasikan. Worawora will also have the Regional Health directorate. The Feeder Road Directorate will be in Kete Krachi.”
This, according to President Akufo-Addo, will bring unity, equal distribution of resources and development to the Oti Region.
On the Free SHS policy, the President expressed delight at the doubling of enrolment at Bueman Senior High School, from 1,000 students in January 2017 to 2,000 students now.
“The school (Bueman SHS) that President Kufuor selected as a model school will now have a science resource centre. If the girls have been given a new dormitory, I think it is only fair that the boys are also given a new dormitory. The Deputy Minister is here with me, and has heard what I have said. Once we get to Accra, I believe he will commence the process to get this done,” he added.
While assuring the school of the provision of a new bus and pickup vehicle, President Akufo-Addo urged the first batch of Free SHS students, who are currently in SHS 3, to ensure they study hard and guarantee exemplary results in this year’s WASSCE.
“You have to excel in these exams to show the country that this policy (Free SHS) is worth investing in for our children. I believe that God will stop those who want to cancel the policy or review it, because four more for Nana means four more years for free senior high school education,” President Akufo-Addo stressed.