Kumasi — The Kumasi Polytechnic (K-Poly) wing of the Tertiary Education Students Confederacy of the New Patriotic Party (TESCON) says President John Mahama is a downright hypocrite for speaking against Nana Akufo-Addo's free education.
The President of K-Poly TESCON, Kofi Poku, said His Excellency John Dramani Mahama enjoyed free Senior High School (SHS) and even free university education, as well as cash allowance at the University of Ghana, all at a time Ghana had no oil reserves.
According the NPP student body, President Mahama further enjoyed free ministerial appointment, free appointment to the position of Vice President, and an unprecedented free Presidency, riding on the back of the Constitution without any general elections.
In spite of these benefits, Mr. Mahama had allegedly sworn with his blood to fight anyone who wishes to get access to such initiatives for free.
The K-Poly TESCON said cannot reconcile with issues regarding the President's intention to deliberately attempt to kick the dreams of incoming Ghanaian generations, because of politics.
Mr. Kofi Poku quoted Nana Afufo-Addo as saying that the free SHS was not only winning the elections, but also preparing Ghana's next generation for the transformation of the Ghanaian economy.
"As education is universally acknowledged as the best legacy, the evidence is crystal clear that the NDC grossly misunderstands the dilemma on which the free SHS policy has found itself in our society," he stated.
He said the NDC, which claims to be friend of teachers, turned round and pounced on teachers for no wrongdoing. A teacher called Ms. Tamara Duah was shot during a peaceful demonstration to register their grievances and seek better working conditions, when the police hid behind their usual "order from above," descended on them, and beat them mercilessly for demonstrating against the government .
"A fortnight ago, the same incident was re-echoed at the St. Joseph College of Education, when students demonstrated for unpaid allowances under the much-touted Better Ghana Agenda government of the NDC," he added.
The student leader said, "The President has failed to live an exemplary life, with regards to corruption, saying the purchase of a jet for the military, STX Korea housing deal, all leave much to be desired. This, we believe, account for reasons why ministers of state have resorted to corruption of all sorts, in order to please their master, the President."
The student body said President Mahama had failed to address the accommodation crisis in the country, and that instead of adopting a culture of continuity, the NDC decided to abandon the affordable house housing project started by the NPP, with roof-top advertising of building heaven on earth for security personnel, via the collapsed STX.
"What do we see today? Where are the houses? He asked.
He stated that Mr. Mahama had failed as a leader in approaching challenges facing the Ghanaian youth, such as unemployment and high level of illiteracy, while the NDC, under the leadership of President Mahama, took delight in doling out money and Hyundai i10 saloon cars to students, especially female, on our various tertiary campuses.
Kofi Poku has indicated that Ghana needs a leader who has vision, drive and commitment to achieve that vision, and the skills to make the vision reality. This means a leader sees a problem that needs to be fixed, in order to achieve a goal and take up that bold initiative, and this clearly defines the kind of leaders who want to rule our nation, a visionary Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who has seen a problem, and is ever ready to fix it, in order to defeat mediocrity.
He, therefore, called on Ghanaians to vote massively against John Mahama, and show him the exit, and his NDC out of government, and rally behind Nana Akufo-Addo, by voting for him as the President to bring back hope.