The Paramount Chief of Yagaba Traditional Area, Naa Sugru Wuni Mumuni, says the Free Senior High School educational policy of the government has helped reduced the rate at which the youth leave the north to the southern part of the country to engage in menial jobs.
According to him, the policy had reduced the spate at which young girls leave their towns and villages to engage in "kayaye" (head porters) in the cities.
"The Free SHS has helped in reducing kayayei in Mamprugu Moagduri, because the government takes care of school fees, and students do not need to travel down south to engage in menial jobs in order to enable them pay their fees," the chief said.
Naa Sugru Wuni Mumuni made this known on Friday when he held a durbar in honour of President Akufo-Addo at Yagaba, on day two of the President's tour of the North East Region.
According to the Yagaba chief, the Free Senior High School Education will forever go down in history as the most people-centered policy that helped in alleviating poverty.
"Many were those who said you will never fulfill this campaign promise. In fact, the skeptics said you were simply desperate for power, hence the juicy and unattainable promises. The story has, however, changed today. People from this part of the country could never dream of enrolling into the known prestigious schools, mostly located in the southern sector."
In buttressing this point, he stated that not less than 20 students from the Mamprugu Moagduri District have gotten admission in schools such as Prempeh College, Adisadel College and the other prestigious senior high schools in the country.
The Yagaba chief noted that "ever since you were voted into power overwhelmingly by the people of this country, you have never let us down. You inspire and keep inspiring hope in the good people of this country."
He expressed the appreciation of the chiefs and people of Yagaba to the President for initiating pro-poor policies.
"Mr President, this area is predominantly a farming community. Your social intervention policy of Planting for Food and Jobs led to a bountiful harvest in this district. Fertiliser subsidies under this flagship programme have boosted our local economy," he said.
Naa Sugru Wuni Mumuni also thanked President Akufo-Addo for the "expansion of the LEAP programme", which, he said "has equally reduced economic and social suffering. We continue to pray that all of these initiatives and those yet to come will move Ghana beyond aid as you have envisioned."