General News of Saturday, 18 February 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his government would not shy away from making critical choices that are necessary for the long-term interest of Ghanaians.
He said he would invest heavily in building up the most important ingredients of development the intellectual property of the people and educating the nation, which is the sure key to success.
“We want to add value to our human capital, add value to our governance, add value to our public services, add value to our infrastructure and add value to our economy,” he said.
Briefing members of the Diplomatic Corps Wednesday about the state of the country, President Akufo-Addo said, “we will govern honestly. We are determined to get Ghana once again to lead our continent on two fronts.” This, he said government would do in entrenching democracy and the rule of law, and in transforming the structure of the African economy to a modern, manufacturing kind.
By doing this he believes the nation would have the capacity to generate jobs for our people and create and spread wealth across the length and breadth of our vast continent.
As part of his campaign promise, President Akufo-Addo promised to implement a free senior high school (SHS) policy, which the New Patriotic Party (NPP) believes, would benefit the nation on various fronts.
Over the weekend, he announced that government would fund the cost of public for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards.
He explained that by free SHS there would be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees and no utility fees.
The President lauded the ingenuity of Ghana’s forefathers’ efforts at fighting to be the first country to break free from colonial rule in Africa adding “We are determined to show that we can emulate the successes of the Asian nations, and, thereby, create a modern, prosperous nation.”
“We believe that a world dominated by a handful of rich nations, with the majority of nations in the south languishing in poverty and misery, is not a prescription for global security.
“Our generation is not seeking handouts from anybody, and neither are we going to be pawns or victims,” he said.