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1.2 Million BECE Graduates to Benefit from Free SHS Information Minister   

Over 1.2 million students will benefit from the government’s Free Senior High School policy by 2020/2021 academic year, Minister for Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said.

 

Mr Oppong Nkrumah disclosed this at the Upper East Regional Town Hall Meeting (THM), held in Bolgatanga on Monday.

 

Mr Oppong Nkrumah, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region, stated that the Information Ministry has the mandate to create platforms such as the Town Hall sessions that allowed government to engage with the people and showcase the work that has been done in various parts of the country and also take feedback.

 

He noted that the various pictorial presentations of development projects across the region’s 15 municipal and district assemblies, gave ample testimony that the government had done tremendous work over the two and half years.

 

He added that the government had injected GH₡14 billion into cleaning up the country’s financial sector. That, he emphasised, had resulted in saving the deposits of over one million Ghanaians and other clients doing business in the country. He added that the financial sector clean-up had also restored macroeconomic stability.

 

According to the Information Minister, a lot of youth, who hitherto had no jobs after completing various tertiary institutions, have now found jobs in government’s interventions such as Youth Employment Agency, the National Entrepreneurship and Innovative Programme and the Nation Builders’ Corps (NABCO).

 

He disclosed, for instance, that NABCO alone has recruited over 100,000 young people, deployed under various modules while 54,000 nurses and 8,000 trained teachers were to be employed by the end of 2019.

 

Upper East Regional Minister, Ms Tangoba Abayage, disclosed that the redevelopment of the Pwalugu dam in the Talensi District would in November 2019, adding that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was expected to cut the sod for the construction.

 

She noted that the completion of the dam — a multipurpose hydro dam — would trigger a big transformation in economic in the Upper East region and create more jobs for the people.

 

On health, Ms Abayage announced that US$ 20 million had been secured from the Saudi Fund for the completion of expansion and rehabilitation works at the Upper East Regional Hospital.

 

Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)

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