Bawumia jabs Mahama on Free SHS discourse


Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has reiterated that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has no plans to stop the Free SHS policy as being peddled by some NDC opponents. He noted that there is no room for propaganda and hypocrisy on the implementation of the policy. Dr. Bawumia’s slur was aimed at the former president and NDC’s flagbearer for the 2020 elections.

This morning, I joined thousands of youth in a health walk organised by the national youth wing of the New Patriotic…

Posted by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Saturday, April 20, 2019

“I hear somebody [former President Mahama] says we are spending so much on free SHS. Have you heard him? He said we are spending so much so we won’t have money for other things. Did you hear that? “You who said free SHS was not possible. When you did not have free SHS under your government, you couldn’t pay teachers and nursing training allowance, you couldn’t pay National Health Insurance, is it free SHS which stopped you? “I’m from the North. I benefitted from free education. It is good for the people of the north and it is good for the people of Ghana,” Bawumia said to cheers from the crowd. According to the former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana free SHS is a good thing and must be enjoyed by every Ghanaian.

He was speaking at a mini rally organised by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at Obo at Kwahu in the Eastern Region on Easter Saturday, April 20, 2019.

The address was preceded by a walk that brought the towns on the Kwahu Ridge to a standstill as thousands of supporters of the party poured on the streets. The Vice President also said the freeze on public sector employment was over with the government employing about 350,000 people.

He added that, in the last two years, four months, the NPP government had taken at least 40 measures to reduce the hardship Ghanaians faced through reducing the electricity tariffs of households by 17.5% and that of industries by 30% while doubling the capitation grant for public schools by 100% from GHc4.5 to GHc10.

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