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Government policies will improve living conditions

Accra, Aug. 10, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday gave the assurance that the policies and
programmes being implemented by his administration would improve the living
standards of Ghanaians and put Ghana on the path of progress and prosperity. 

He said the vision of a progressive,
prosperous Ghana envisioned by the nation’s founding fathers must be realized
in our generation.

It is for this reason that his government has
begun to fulfill the promises made in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

President Akufo-Addo said this when he began
his three-day tour of the Central Region with a courtesy call on the Regional
House of Chiefs, and addressed a durbar of Chiefs at Twifo Atti Morkwaa.

He indicated that upon his assumption of
office, he inherited an economy in deep crisis and had to put in place a number
of  measures to nurse it back to full
health. 

The President said the implementation of
policies such as Free SHS, One-District-One-Factory, programme for Planting for
Food and Jobs, One-Village-One-Dam, together with the revival of the National
Health Insurance Scheme, had been made possible because of the stability
brought to bear on the economy.  

At Twifo Atti Morkwa, a constituency won by
the New Patriotic Party in 2016, for the first time in history of the Fourth
Republic, the President told the chiefs and people that an audit of the cocoa
roads was being carried out, and very soon the constituency would be
captured. 

He said in addition, a 60-bed hospital under
construction at the constituency, would soon be completed, as equipment for the
facility would be cleared soon at the Tema Port. 

With the Free SHS programme being a flagship
policy of his government, President Akufo-Addo stressed that the programme
would commence in September, which would benefit the 1,200 students at the
basic level in the constituency.  

“I have been bastardised by several persons
who claim the Free SHS policy is a misplaced priority, a lie, and cannot be
done. The Free SHS policy, I wish to assure them, will start from September,”
he said.

President Akufo-Addo noted that the One
District, One Factory policy would be rolled out in the course of this month,
and would create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Touching on mining, President Akufo-Addo stated
that as far back as the 15th century, there was the recognition that
mining was important for the country’s economy. 

“Mining is part of our heritage. It is not
under an Akufo-Addo government that mining is going to be abolished. I can
never abolish mining. Those saying I am trying to abolish mining are just doing
propaganda. Mining is an integral part of our country’s heritage,” he said.

What his government cannot allow to happen,
however, is for illegal mining to compromise the country’s environment. 

“Our lands, water bodies and forests are also
part of our heritage. I swore an oath before the Almighty and before Ghanaians
to govern in accordance with the rule of law, and also to protect the
territorial integrity of our nation. I am mandated by the laws of the land to
protect our lands and water bodies,” he said.

The President assured the Chiefs and people of
Twifo Atti Morkwaa of his determination to improving their living conditions.

“You already have an MP, in the person of
Abraham Odoom. But you have a second MP who is called Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo.”

GNA

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