Even before the referee will blow the kickoff whistle, the incumbent President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, who is seeking his re-election has strategically secured himself over 2 million votes already. This claim is supported by some comments from some deep throats in the ruling party.
Hon. Michael Nsowah, the chairman of the Ghana Education Service Council, said on Kumasi based Angel FM that the party will benefit over 2.4 million votes from the Free Senior High School program alone. The man has vast experience in both education management and politics, so his claim cannot be taken lightly. Better put, you take him as a joke at your own peril.
Portions of his over one hour interview states that “No way; at least the 1.2 million children and their 1.2 million parents would show appreciation; that means we have 2.4 million votes already, but we are not relying on the arithmetic because the constituents on the ground would bear testimony to the changes they have experienced under the Akufo-Addo regime and make a decision”, he said.
His statement will be taken seriously if you follow the testimonies some vulnerable who have benefited from the program have been sharing. The cost of Education has kept so many people who could have been very productive for the country and the globe at large at home. Some of those people who could not have also paid over GHC2000 yearly as fees for their wards will remember the person who made that possible.
One of the campaign strategies of the New Patriotic Party is to paint the picture that, John Dramani Mahama will cancel the program when they win power. They have created enough fear in people to the extent that they would not dare to try the opposition National Democratic Congress who said that the program could not be possible.
John Mahama’s promise that he won’t cancel the program but will make it better cannot be trusted because of his own words. Mahama was speaking at a lecture series organized by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) on 4th December, 2019 about the program. His statement was clear that he does not believe in the program. “If you are spending all your money on secondary education, and less on tertiary and basic education, then there is something wrong with your educational system. If you have GHS 2 billion to spend on education, will you spend it on Free SHS” he said.
On 1st May 2018, the president of the Republic made the most significant intervention in the reduction of unemployment in Ghana. It is a known fact that the major cause of insecurity in developing countries in high rates of unemployment even among university and college graduates. President Akufo-Addo launched the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) which was the vehicle to deliver one hundred thousand (100,000) jobs in seven (7) prioritized areas, defined as the following modules: Educate Ghana; Heal Ghana; Feed Ghana; Revenue Ghana; Digitize Ghana; Enterprise Ghana; and Civic Ghana.
The people who benefited should have completed their national service and are not working as of the time of application. Most of the people who took advantage of the NABCO program were having dependents but have stayed at home for a very long time without any employment and had been languishing in poverty for so many years. One hundred thousand people who have promised to vote for the president cannot be underestimated.
Some of them will also involve themselves in the campaign to ensure that the New Patriotic Party and Nana Addo Danquah Akufo –Addo retain their seat to ensure the safety of their job.
Nurses and Teacher trainees were leading in the Change campaign in 2016 because of their allowance. The John Mahama-led government had cancelled their trainee allowance and told them even if they will vote against them, they were still not going to restore it. Nana Akufo Addo promised them they would restore the trainees’ allowance when they win power. The NPP government has been paying the allowance since 2017, and the trainees will do the needful by thanking him with their votes.
The Government’s figures indicate that they have employed over two hundred thousand teachers and nurses since they took over. These are the people that vote and their support for the NPP government is not in doubt.
Now, take a calculator and do the mathematics.