Government to engage 9,000 graduates under double-track system

By Dennis Peprah/Sarah Ankamah-Yeboah,
GNA 

Sunyani, Sept. 14, GNA – Government would
employ additional 9,000 graduates under the double-track system by the close of
the year to make it sustainable, Mr Evans Opoku-Bobie, the Brong-Ahafo Regional
Minister-designate has said.

He said last year 16,000 graduates were
engaged towards the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS)
programme, which has gathered momentum in this academic year.

Addressing the members of the Brong-Ahafo
Regional House of Chiefs (BARHCs) at its Second General Meeting in Sunyani, Mr
Opoku-Bobie, who is the Member of Parliament for Asunafo North Constituency,
said the implementation of the Free SHS programme had been associated with some
challenges and efforts are being made to ensure total success.

He commended the traditional authorities,
relevant institutions and all the key players in the education sector for their
support towards the programme and expressed the hope that they would give
similar support to make the double-track system meaningful.

Mr Opoku-Bobie said the role of traditional
authorities towards facilitating accelerated national development was
paramount, saying any government which neglected the essential roles of chiefs
and queens would not succeed.

The Regional Minister-designate said chiefs
and queens remained the embodiment of the people, hence the need to make
regular contact with them, gather their views and aspirations to push forward
development.

He applauded the collective role of the chiefs
towards sustaining the prevailing peace in the region and advised them to
support the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) in promoting peace in the
Asunafo South District.

Mr Opoku-Bobie said REGSEC would leave no
stone unturned to ensure that the existing political impasse between supporters
of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in
the Asunafo South, particularly Kukuom and Sankore was resolved.

PimampimYaw Kagbrese VI, the President of the
BARHCs, lauded the significant role and contributions of REGSEC in the handling
of problematic issues in the region, saying the spontaneous and tactical manner
that the Security Council has handled various disputes was commendable.

He commended President Nana Addo Dankwa
AKufo-Addo for resourcing both the Judicial and Research and Traditional
Affairs Committees of the House in carrying out their mandates.

The House later installed Mr Opoku-Bobie as
the 51st chief and admitted Daasebre Dr Amankona Diawuo II, the Paramount Chief
of Berekum Traditional Area also as member of the House.

GNA

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