General News of Friday, 16 August 2019
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has thrown a challenge at the former President and Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama to provide his alternative to the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.
According to Dr. Bawumia, the former president and the NDC have always been against the free SHS policy since its introduction by the Akufo-Addo government in September 2017.
Former President Mahama a few weeks ago hinted on how he will review the free SHS policy in order to remove what he describes as ‘bottlenecks’ in the implementation of the policy if voted into power.
But the President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo, laughed off the idea insisting that Ghanaians were in no way ready to hand power over to a man who had earlier promised to scrap such a policy. His Vice, Dr. Bawumia is in agreement and is daring the John Mahama to provide his alternative to Free SHS now.
“What are your concrete policies? Don’t tell me you are going to wait and be voted before you call a stakeholder meeting to consult, that is not leadership, tell us exactly what you will do,” he said during the commissioning of the largest fertiliser blending factory in the country, Glofert.
“If you are not going to do double-track, what is your alternative and I throw this challenge to him, he should tell us exactly what he will do” he asked further.
The inability of Mr. Mahama and the NDC to provide an alternative to the free SHS policy according to Dr. Bawumia is because they do not have any.
“The visionary Nana Akufo-Addo not only said he will do it, he has actually done it, he [Mahama] has not told us what he will do because I know he doesn’t know what he will do, he has no clue what he will do, otherwise criticizing this policy since 2012 he should have been able to tell us what he will do if he was in the position” he said.
The Vice President said, it takes vision and courage, leadership qualities the former president lacks, to implement policies like the one-district-one factory, the free SHS policy, the National Identification Cards, the paperless port systems, the one-district- one ambulance and among others.