Asuboi (ER), Aug.15,
GNA - Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Thursday threw a challenge to
former President John Mahama to come out with a better alternative education
policy for the double track system under the Free Senior High School (FSHS)
He said former
President Mahama has no clue what he would do on the FSHS policy when voted
into government again, hence his consistent claims that he would review the
policy after stakeholders' consultations.
explained that former President Mahama was among the naysayers, who criticised
the Free SHS policy and was surprised that the former President now claimed he
was committed to the policy.
many naysayers including; former President Mahama who said the Free Senior High
Policy is a gimmick and that it's impossible to implement it or will take 20
years to implement," Dr Bawumia recalled.
Dr Bawumia took a
swipe at former President Mahama when he commissioned an ultra-modern
Fertilizer Blending Factory at Asuboi in the Ayensuano District of the Eastern
Region on Thursday.
Dr Bawumia said
government introduced the double track system to maximise the existing
educational facilities and ensure all qualified candidates got admission, while
efforts were being sought to build new ones.
He said: "It
takes leadership, vision and courage to implement the FSHS policy and President
Akufo-Addo has demonstrated leadership and courage to implement the policy in
his first term in government".
Dr Bawumia believed
that if President Mahama should still be in office, some innovative policies
such as the FSHS,Paperless Port System, Mobile Money Interoperability
System,National Identification Policy, Digital and Property Addressing System
and Smart Drivers Licence, wouldn't have been implemented.
He said double
track system had ensured 180,000 students who would have stayed at home got
admission in the first year of implementation and, thus, assured that by
September this year, all the three streams of senior high school students would
enjoy the FSHS policy.
Bawumia, earlier commissioned a US$ 4.5 million fertilizer blending plant with
an installed capacity of 840,000 metric tonnes per annum.
Glofert Limited is
a wholly-owned Ghanaian company located at Asuboi in the Ayensuano District of
the Eastern Region, and becomes the largest fertilizer blending factory
established in the West African sub-region.
The factory, which
is integrated into the One-District,One-Factory (1D1F) programme, produces all
kinds of fertilizers, including; NPK 15-15-15, Urea and Ammonium Sulphate and
comes in solid, granular and liquid states, with the vision of improving crop
production and ensuring food security in Ghana.
employs 220 direct and indirect employees, of which 80 percent are from the
communities within its operational area.
Bawumia said agriculture was the nerve centre of the Ghanaian economy.
Therefore, it was
prudent for Government to ensure self-sufficiency in food production, instead
of relying on foreign food imports.
It was that vision,
he said, informed President Akufo-Addo's government decision to introduce the
Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) in 2017, to promote food security, create jobs
and bolster the country's foreign exchange earnings.
Bawumia expressed happiness that Glofert Limited was entering the fertilizer
production space at an opportune time to supply fertilizers that meet the
specific soil and crop needs of farmers to increase yield, geared towards achieving
the Ghana beyond aid agenda.
He said food
security safeguard the peace of every nation, therefore increasing food
production was at the heart of President Akufo-Addo's government
industrialisation agenda, to transform the economy and ensure self-sufficiency.
Government's vision of launching the 1D1F was yielding positive outcomes, with
more young entrepreneurs entering the race to establish factories across the
260 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.
Bawumia assured of government's resolve to create an enabling environment for
private sector investors to thrive and create jobs for the youth.
He made reference
to the recent Parliamentary approval of tax exemptions for companies wishing to
operate 1D1F, including a five-year tax holiday, waiver of taxes on equipment
and machinery and raw materials, as some measures government instituted to
create a favourable environment for private sector investments.
from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Dr Bawumia said 181 factories under
the 1D1F were being implemented, 57 of them were on operation, 22 were under
construction, 33 projects were being financed by local banks and ready for
implementation by the end of the year and 56 small-scale enabler youth business
incubators were being financed by the African Development Bank(AfDB).