9 January 2013

Ghana: Implement Free SHS Policy

Nana Fanyinama III, Chief of Wangara-Kintampo in the Brong-Ahafo Region on Monday appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to implement the Free Senior High School policy in the third or fourth year of his first term in office.

Nana Fanyinama III said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the Black Star Square in Accra after the swearing-in ceremony of President John Dramani Mahama. He advised the President to use the first two years of his first term in office to build the necessary structures to ensure the smooth implementation of the policy.

"He should also try and fulfill his promises in the manifesto as Ghanaians are expecting the better Ghana Agenda he promised during the electioneering campaign", the chief said. He also advised the President to continue to hold on to his values of respecting everybody no matter their age or status in the society.

Nana Fanyinama said the international community had accepted President Mahama and that resulted in the huge number of foreign dignitaries witnessing his inauguration.

He, therefore, advised the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) to concede defeat in the interest of national unity and development, adding leaders of NPP should desist from boycotting national issues and resort to roundtable discussions in addressing their issues".

Meanwhile, a number of residents in Cape Coast on Tuesday appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to work assiduously to fix the economy, for prices of goods as well as fuel to stabilize.

They told the GNA in an interview that a booming economy would ease the burden of ordinary Ghanaians for them to go about their daily activities in comfort and expressed high hopes that the economic situation in the country would change for the better to make the "better Ghana Agenda" more meaningful.

Mr. Ishmael Nelson, a student of University of Cape Coast, said he hoped more jobs would be created in the Central Region to empower the youth economically to help change the status of the region as one of the poorest and undeveloped in the country.

Mr. Forster Samuel Obeng, a teacher, said he was expecting the new government to create more jobs for the youth, build roads and ensure better income for teachers for them to give of their best to facilitate the achievement of quality education delivery the President promised during his campaign.

Maame Esi, a rice and beans seller told GNA that she hoped that the President and his government would grow the economy whilst Mr. Kwesi Taylor, a businessman, reiterated calls on the President to work to stabilize prizes on the market. A fisherman who pleaded anonymity said Cape Coast is a fishing community and therefore the government should provide fishermen with fishing inputs.

Mr. Sefa Andrew a banker said, he expected the President to create more jobs for young graduates and the unemployed in general and create a strong economy for those in the financial market. Ms. Derbie Gyeshie, a student, said he wished all schools under trees would be eliminated for school children in the rural areas to perform well.

Doh Kingsley Ryan, an engineer, said the government should allow government agencies to carry out their mandates without governmental interferences and political heckling. A staff at the Ankaful Hospital, Mr. Kwaku Agyemang, appealed to the President to fulfil his promise to make the supply of Anti-Retroviral Therapy for people living with HIV and AIDS. GNA

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