Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama’s statement that “If anybody tells you that I, John Dramani Mahama, will abolish Free SHS when I come into power tell the person he is a bloody liar,” is “deceptive” as he does not believe in the Free SHS policy and will collapse it when given the opportunity, Henry Nana Boakye, National Youth Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said.
It would be recalled that on Saturday, August 8, 2020, Mr Mahama paid a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Na Abukari II where he made the above statement concerning the Free SHS policy.
But according to Mr Boakye, “the seeming endorsement given to Free SHS policy by Mr Mahama is driven by ill-faith, deception and opportunism borne out of Mr Mahama and the NDC’s innate tendencies to subtly associate themselves with goods things to benefit unduly from same.”
“If Mr Mahama couldn’t pay trainees’ allowances in that he had to insensitively cancel it, where would he get over GHS2 billion to fund free SHS?” Mr Boakye quizzed.
In a statement, the NPP national youth organiser noted that Ghanaians should consider Mr Mahama’s statement as comic relief because he (Mahama) could not find few millions of cedis to reimburse three consecutive terms’ feeding grants to keep second cycle Institutions in the northern part of Ghana opened.
“It’s even pathetic that Mr Mahama failed to make a pesewa available to pay for his shambolic progressively free education and E-Blocks. It took President Akufo-Addo to pay for the gargantuan debt inherited in the education sector encompassing progressively free SHS, E-Blocks, supply of vehicles, chalks, textbooks among others,” the statement added.