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Oil proceeds will be used to Support free SHS – President

Senya Beraku (CR),
Aug. 11, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that the
proceeds from the Ghana’s oil would be channeled into the funding of the Free
Senior High School (SHS) Programme when it takes off next academic year.

He stated that so long
as he remained as the President, funds from the oil production would not be
allowed go into few individual pockets, while it could be used to finance the
laudable educational policy to improve the quality of Ghana’s human resource.

President Akufo-Addo
stated this when he addressed a durbar of the Chief and the people of Senya
Beraku, as part of his three-day tour of the Central Region.

The visit is to
interact with the citizenry and get their feedback from his policies and
programmes on first hand.

President Akufo-Addo
said the free Senior High School Policy, which was heavily criticised by the
opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) during 2016 Election Campaign
would be operational in September as promised.

He said the policy was
also intended to lessen burden, which made it extremely difficult for parents
to send their children to secondary school.

President Akufo-Addo
said the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, had worked extra hard
and intelligently to ensure the smooth take -off of the policy as scheduled.

He said all social
interventions outlined by the NPP, which were aimed at reducing poverty among
Ghanaians, would be implemented to improve well-being of the people; adding
that Ghana was not naturally poor, but it was in a poor state because of bad
governance and economic mess over the years.

President Akufo-Addo
said the NPP Government inherited huge debts from the previous Government but
that would not scare his Administration.

Rather, it would
strive hard to put in place good policies and programmes to revamp the wobbling
economy.

He assured the people
of Senya Beraku that the “One District, One Factory” Programme would be
implemented soon, saying the disbursement of one million dollars for each of
the 275 constituencies would also progress for infrastructural development.

President Akufo-Addo
hinted that landing beach for Senya Beraku would soon be constructed to create
jobs and wealth and also reduce the migration of the youth to other towns in
search of non-existing jobs.

The President said
directives had been given to the Ministries of Transport; and Roads and
Highways to put in measures to control excessive traffic congestion, which had
hit Kasoa and beyond after the construction of the overhead bridge.

He announced that the
road from Bawjiase to Obrachere would be constructed to facilitate the
transportation of goods and services in the area.

Madam Elizabeth Afoley
Quaye, the Minister of Fisheries and Aqua Culture, said the President had
directed the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to work extra hours to produce more premix
fuel to be supplied to fishermen in the country to avert shortage.

She said the Fisheries
Ministry would soon start the registration of all canoes for free to enable the
Ministry to have the accurate record for offering the needed assistance.

The Minister, however,
cautioned fishermen and fisher folks to be extra careful about their dealings
with Non- governmental organisations, (NGOs) which were not known to the
Ministry to avoid swindling.

Mrs Mavis Hawah
Koomson, the Minister of Special Development Initiatives, said all was set for
disbursement of the one million dollars package meant for 275 constituencies.

She said the money
would be used to fund locally-initiated water, electricity and other projects,
and urged them to adopt their own strategic plans for their benefit.

The Minister said
micro businesses would be rolled out for women to enable them to engage in
small scale enterprises to improve their living standards.

Other Speakers were
the MP for Awutu Senya West, Neenyi George Andah and Deputy Minister of
Communications, Neenyi Kwamina Nkwantana II, the Acting Omanhene of the Senya
Traditional Area, Mr Kwamina Duncan, Central Regional Minister, Mr Thomas Adjei
Baffoe, Deputy Central Regional Minister.

GNA

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