Akufo-Addo: We Finally Have Consensus On Free SHS

Two-time presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the governing party’s u-turn on the free senior high school policy, finally gives Ghana a consensus on it.

Nana Akufo-Addo was responding to a question at a symposium organised by the Royal African Society and the Centre of African Studies in London on Monday about whether he thought Ghana could have a consensus on national development.

According to him, “at last we have a consensus on the free SHS policy.”

He spoke on the theme: ‘Ghana, 57 years after 1957: Recalibrating the Course of Progress’.

The former Attorney General made the issue of free SHS the fulcrum of his 2012 presidential campaign. The NDC and President John Mahama at the time said they would rather concentrate on quality education as a priority.

The President’s recent announcement that his Government intended implementing the policy in the 2015/2016 academic year therefore attracted criticisms and accusation of policy theft.

In his speech, Nana Akufo-Addo also said: “Ghana deserves a leadership that thinks of the next generation and not the next election.”

Ghana’s foreign Affairs Minister Hanna Tetteh, who also spoke at the symposium, blamed the economic difficulties the government was facing to the high cost of public sector salary payments through the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure.

She also reiterated that the expectations of Ghanaians on the oil revenue were not realistic as Ghana produces a tiny amount of oil compared to Nigeria, Angola and Equatorial Guinea.

Hanna Tetteh also blamed Ghana’s reliance on the West African Gas Pipeline for the fluctuating power supply in Ghana but was very hopeful of the Bui Dam’s ability to improve on the Ghana’s energy supply.

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