Atiwa Writer Writes


Episode One

Abraham Lincoln once said “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm”.

Election 2020 is approaching and our political leaders are coming out with their promises. It’s imperative on us to know who we can trust with our mandate.

Let’s reminisce on this;
In 2008, the Mills-Mahama led NDC’s major promise was the “One-Time Premium NHIS”. This was when the then Vice presidential candidate John Mahama said “infrastructural achievement is an exercise in mediocrity” adding that, every government does it.

The NDC won elections 2008 and 2012. H. E. former President Mahama was Vice President and became President for over four (4) years out of the eight (8) year rule by the NDC (2009-2017), yet, the One-Time Premium NHIS which was their sole promise that deviated from “mediocrity” was never implemented.

While the NDC was promising one-time premium NHIS, the Nana Akufo-Addo-Bawumia led NPP was promising “Free SHS”
Yes! Nana Akufo-Addo started talking about Free SHS in 2008. Unfortunately, he lost the 2008 and 2012 elections.
However, when he fell in the “Grace” of God and won the 2016 elections, in September 2017 when his government was few months old, he launched and implemented Free SHS.
The task was a huge one considering the state of the economy at that time. It would be recalled that, President Mahama had predicted a doom for the Free SHS policy.
Thanks to the hardworking competent education minister, Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh (NAPO). He has been bold and brave on this policy and his name will be penned down as the best education minister Ghana has ever had.

Fellow Ghanaian voters, education is the surest means that brings the son of a charcoal seller and that of the wealthy man to a table for a decision.

I remember how my mother hustled to pay my fees at Ofori Payin SHS. Yes! She was a single parent.
Today, the hustle for fees is a thing of the past.

Coming December 7, we must vote to protect and sustain Free SHS in order to secure a better future for the young and unborn generation.


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