Swear by ‘Antoa’ you will not cancel free SHS – Drivers dare Mahama
Former President John Mahama has been dared to publicly swear by the dreaded Antoa Nyamaa that he does not intend to cancel the free Senior High School (SHS) if voted for in 2020 as Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.
A group calling itself the Alliance Drivers of Ghana (ADG) says it would resist any attempt to either have the policy reviewed or scrapped by any administration being it the implementing New Patriotic Party (NPP) or the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr. Kwaku Boateng Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association noted the association rather expect the former president to promise a free tertiary education than to criticize the already implemented Free SHS policy or indicate his readiness to review it
Mr. Boateng also insisted that, members of the association and for that matter, Ghanaians will only believe in what Mr. Mahama says, should he openly swear publicly that he will not cancel the policy when voted into office.
“We are telling his Excellency former president John Dramani Mahama that he should rather develop good policies and sell them to Ghanaians. If he doesn’t have one he shouldn’t make any attempts to destroy what we are already benefiting”, he said in a statement.
The warning of the association comes as a response to an earlier statement by the former president suggesting that, he will review the Free SHS policy and make it better than what is being implemented by the NPP government.
Some people especially leaders of the ruling governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) including the sector Minister, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh have heavily criticized Mr. Mahama claiming he is planning to collapse the laudable policy should Ghanaians vote him in 2020.
But the NDC which Mr. Mahama is their flagbearer has said their leader has no plans or whatsoever to collapse the policy rather his plans are to make it a better one.
Before the implementation of the policy, the former president suggested a ‘progressively’ free and not ‘wholesale implementation’ of the policy.
He, however, started building Community Day Schools across the country of which he did not complete before the exit of his government.
But the Alliance Drivers of Ghana in a statement copied to MyNewsGh.com said “It is very sad and disappointing to see a former president who genuinely benefited from free education exhibiting undue bitterness towards the nationwide implementation of Free Senior High School by Nana Addo”.
“His Excellency John Dramani Mahama together with the national executive committee of the NDC have verbally declared their intentions to cancel free Senior High School when they win power come 2020”, the statement continued.