President Mahama Has Failed The Youth Of Ghana

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Till date the N.D.C. government, has paid subvention for only the first term of the 2013-2014 academic year, a situation which has left creditors breathing down the neck of school authorities in our second cycle institutions. We are therefore not surprised at the threats of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) not to reopen in September if all outstanding subventions are not paid.

The case is no different in our schools of Special Need (ie School for the blind, School for the deaf) Indeed the mercilessness of the John Mahama led government knows no bounds. It is instructive to note, that amidst all these unpardonable failure, President Mahama still goes round the country making unrealistic promises. We are till date yet to see a five (5) inches cement block laid for the first of the 200 senior high schools as promised ahead of elections 2012. We are tired of the empty promises Mr. President.

Again, we find intriguing that despite the GETFUND component on VAT, the fund is in arrears to the tune of more than 600 Million Ghana Cedis, a situation that we deem as pathetic, ill-starred and ill-fated. As a result of this irresponsible action on the part of the N.D.C. government, many students on GETFUND scholarship outside the country have abandoned their studies and in their attempt to survive resorted to begging and in some cases the sale of personal belongings. We wish to use this day to remind President Mahama and his N.D.C. government of the recent ruling in the Nyamah vrs the Republic in which the court ordered the state to pay all outstanding arrears to the fund. President Mahama, you cannot pick and choose which court order you wish to comply with.


We are highly disheartened by the brutish treatment Government is meting out to Health worker trainees in Ghana by not paying their allowances for close to 3 years.

We further find it extremely inhumane and coldhearted to learn of Government’s decision to abolish the meagre allowances paid to both teacher and nurse trainees. Evidently, these allowances although not sufficient go a long way to motivate trainees, help them to pay their fees and enable them to do research in their respective fields of study. Scrapping these allowances as announced by government will compound the hardship that these students already face and most likely lead to poor education outcomes in these fields. We therefore call for an unconditional reversal of government’s decision regarding the abolishment of trainee allowances.


We further bemoan Government’s unwillingness and persistent lack of seriousness towards addressing the needs of associations such as POTAG and UTAG. The blatant disregard and lack of cooperation by Government in settling the needs of these bodies is obviously having a huge toll on tertiary education in Ghana. It remains obvious that if government does not wake up to its responsibility, our Universities just like our Polytechnics would be closed down. We are hereby urging government to seek an amicable end to the POTAG and UTAG strikes rather than maintaining a dismissive posture as has always been case since 2009.


In view of the above, we demand of the N.D.C. government the following within the shortest possible time or incur the wrath of the youth of Ghana;

i. Prepare and present to the entire Ghanaian population a comprehensive approach/framework in addressing the high youth unemployment situation in Ghana as opposed to the empty rhetoric on the matter.

ii. Fulfill all statutory payments to the educational sector (Capitation grant, School Feeding Program, CHASS, Special Schools and GETFUND)

iii. Pay in full all outstanding arrears due Nurse trainees and restore the decision to continuously pay Teacher and Nurse trainee allowances

iv. Settle all outstanding issues with POTAG and UTAG including the payment of book and research allowances due.

Finally, to the youth of Ghana who have endured the pain and hardship brought about by the slow motion and limping government of the N.D.C, I still believe there is hope.

I still believe the future is bright. I believe we can collectively rise together as youth, but I also believe our dreams, hopes and aspirations cannot be realized under this government.

Ladies and gentlemen, we accused late President Mills of being slow, but from hindsight we have come to the realization that Mills’ Slow Motion is far better than President Mahama’s No Motion.

God bless our homeland Ghana.

Thank you.


Samuel Awuku

(National Youth Organizer)