December 1, 2020

NPP Youth Pinpoint 60 Great Achievements of NPP Government and Why Electorates must Vote for Nana Addo Again….get full Statement

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Youth of the New Patriotic Party have categorically pinpointed what they call unprecedented achievements of the party in their four years of governance.The event led by the NPP National Youth Organizer Lawyer Henry Nana Boakye affectionately called Nana B came off yesterday July 14 2020, under The Youth Must Know Series in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional Capital.They touched on 60 solid achievements of the party and reasons why  Ghananians must vote for the NPP again on December 7, 2020 general elections.
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THE YOUTH MUST KNOW SERIES 4TH EDITION – KUMASI

Introduction

Good morning Friends in the fraternity.

The National Youth wing of the New Patriotic Party is pleased to have you here upon a short notice. This media engagement forms part of activities being carried out by the National Youth Wing of the NPP on the wheels of the Youth Must Know series initiated a year ago in Koforidua.

We have invited you here to update you on issues pertaining to the on-going Mass Voter’s Registration Exercise under the auspices of the Electoral Commission (EC) and also explain to the noble Ghanaian youth the need to go out in our millions to register and more importantly, vote for H.E.  Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the 2020 general elections.

Mass Registration Exercise

Fellow Youth of Ghana, friends in the media, as you are all aware, the Electoral Commission (EC) has started the Mass Registration Exercise across the country. The exercise is scheduled to run for 38 days, thus from Tuesday, 30th June to Thursday, 6th August, 2020.

From the most recent update by the EC, the total number of Ghanaians who had successfully registered within the first 12 days stood at 4,445,346. According to the EC’s data, 62.34% of the registrants used Ghana Card as proof of identify, 1.9% registrants used valid Passport whereas the remaining 35.72% went through on the account of guarantors.

From the foregoing, it can be concluded that the exercise has been largely successful regardless of the initial challenges that bedeviled it. In deed, the naysayers, pessimists and war mongers have been put to shame. I herewith, encourage everyone, especially the youth to go out there and register.

However, we must do so whiles observing the COVID-19 preventive briquettes i.e. wearing face-mask, washing of hands with soap under running water, observing social distancing while joining the queue and sanitizing our hands with alcohol based sanitizer before leaving the centers.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the decision by the EC at IPAC to register eligible SHS final year students on campus using their Mobile Registration Teams was a very good decision that has averted the COVID-19 risk associated with the students leaving campus to register with the masses in the communities.

It is important to emphasis that EC did not create any new registration center in any of the Senior High Schools outside the gazetted list. The EC simply deployed its Mobile Registration Teams to Senior High Schools that have no centers on their respective campus to register eligible students.

Furthermore, the EC assigned codes of polling stations that are closer to the campuses to the individual registrants (Students). In essence, none of the campuses will have any unique code that is different from or outside that which has been gazetted.

Having said that, it is imperative to underscore that the sinister antics of the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to disenfranchise these eligible SHS students by unduly obstructing them from registering to obtain Voter’s ID Cards in the ongoing Mass Registration Exercise by the Electoral Commission (EC) is very irresponsible, demeaning and shameful. It is extremely reprehensible, the callousness of the NDC to want to send these innocent students outside campus to register, having in mind the COVID-19 risk and the threat it poses to the lives of these students. It is much clearer now that the NDC do not only wish for the COVID-19 cases to escalate but they are working tirelessly to cause many deaths in the senior high schools. We call on parents and well-meaning Ghanaians to condemn the NDC and demand that they act in a much dignified and responsible manner.

It is puzzling, that the NDC has always been against Ghanaians being educated to take active part in the National Decision Making Process and ultimately voting for a party with good policies and programmes for the Ghanaian Youth. This is evident in their silence about the registration of prisoners and stern resistance to the registration of eligible SHS Students. The height of insincerity and double standards inherent in the conduct of the NDC confirms the belief of majority of Ghanaians that the NDC’s sole agenda is to frustrate the electoral processes and cause undue delays by putting needless impediments in the way of the EC.

Ladies and Gentlemen, you may be aware of the juvenile propaganda that the  NDC has been engaging in over my visit to some Senior High Schools in the Ashanti Region to observe the special registration arrangement by the Electoral Commission in second cycle institutions across the Country. I would want to state for the records that I never campaigned in any of the Schools I visited as corroborated by the respected Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Adutwum.

Again, I want strongly emphasize, for the education of the NDC and its surrogates who have demonstrated time and again that they don’t like reading and lack basic comprehension skills, that my visit was strictly in conformity with the directives of the Ghana Education Service (GES) as contained in their release dated 9th of July, 2020, under the hand of Madam Cassandra Twum Ampofo.

I went to the schools with accreditation given to officers of political parties and observer groups by the EC to monitor the process. It is important to note that my actions did not in any way flout laid down rules and regulations on the process.

I, therefore, entreat the general public to disregard the lies and propaganda from the camp of the NDC on this matter. They find comfort in creating needless trivialities and lame distortions just to distract the public because they have no campaign message.

COVID-19 and Related Issues.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the government has made giant strides in the management of confirmed COVID-19 cases as evident in the number of recoveries. According to data from the Ghana Health Service, out of the 24,988 confirmed cases, 21,069 people have fully recovered leaving us with active cases of 3,782 and 139 deaths, regrettably.

Fellow youth, the NDC’s utterances and demeanor gives us accurate impression that they are only interested in making undue political capital out of the COVID-19 pandemic through foul means. This is evident in their numerous shallow criticisms, not backed by science and data but influenced by ignorance and/or cheap partisan politics.

Yesterday, the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi,  yet again, polluted the airwaves with the usual lies, half-baked truth and deceitful assertions targeted at exploiting the emotions of unsuspecting Ghanaians. He contends, not on the basis of science and data but cheap partisan politics, that the schools must be closed for the final year students to go back home because some students have contracted the virus. The youth of NPP, at this point, based on the available data and science, strongly disagree with the NDC and wish to respond as follows:

  1. That the situation is within manageable level, a sentiment shared by the President of Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and others. Currently, there are over 420.000 students in the various SHSs across the country, out of which about 100 students representing about 0.02% have contracted the virus. So about 99.98% of our children in school are negative. Again, out of the 723 Senior High Schools in the country, about 10 of them representing 1.38% have recorded confirmed COVID-19 cases. Going by this data, it wouldn’t make logical sense, neither will it make scientific sense for Sammy Gyamfi to say that the schools should be closed.
  2. That none of the students who are positive of COVID-19 is Sick. They are all asymptomatic and responding to treatment and have been isolated, making them not a threat to the others.
  3. It is important to note that the students who have tested positive of COVID-19 did not contract the virus on the respective campuses. They brought it from home.
  4. The COVID-19 is living with us in the communities and our homes, especially the compound houses. So sending the children back home and into the communities cannot protect them from contracting the virus. It rather escalate their risk exposure to contract the virus. That
  5. The students are much saver in highly restricted places like their campuses where stringent COVID-19 preventive etiquette are adhered to. The governemnt has distributed a total of 18,00 Veronica Buckets, 800,000 pieces of 200ml sanitizers, 36,000 rolls of tissue paper, 36,000 gallons of liquid soap, and 7,200 thermometer guns to the schools. Three (3) re-usable facemasks have been given to each of the students. Entry to and exit from the school are strictly controlled and the has significantly minimized the import of the virus into the schools.
  6. In simple terms, the schools are much safer places for the students to be, comparing it to the communities and compound houses.
  7. Lastly, according to the WHO, the COVID-19 pandemic can be brought under control in 5years time. So is the NDC saying that we should suspect critical aspects of our national lives like education for the next 5years? It doesn’t add up. Until we get vaccines for COVID-19, we need to learn how to live with the virus as every country across the global is doing.
Henry Nana Boakye-NPP National Youth Organizer

60 Reasons the Youth Must Register and Vote for President Akufo-Addo

As a Ghanaian, it is your civic responsible to register and vote during public elections and referenda. Your vote is the most valuable tool you have and its more than an expression of how you feel about a particular candidate. Your vote has significant consequence on the fortunes of  the state.

In 2016, the Youth of Ghana campaigned and voted massively for President Akufo-Addo. President Akufo-Addo, in turn, has kept faith with the youth of Ghana and this is the more reason why the youth must register in our numbers and vote to give him and the NPP four (4) more years to do more for us.

The NPP youth have counted 60life-changing and impactful youth beneficial policies and programmes that have been implemented and/ or being implemented by the Akufo-Addo led NPP government in less than 4years and with your indulgence, I will take my time to catalog them in justification of the need for the youth to register in our millions and vote massively for President Akufo-Addo. For emphasis, these are only achievements that have far-reaching direct benefits for the Ghanaian youth.

  1. One District One Factory: over 58 factories out of the 181 under the 1D1F initiative have been completed and operationalized  by the Nana Addo-Bawumia led NPP government. This has created 10,983 direct jobs and 43,900 indirect jobs. In the 8years rule of the Incompetent Mahama led NDC government, they can’t boast of even 3 factories that they built and operationalized to give the youth sustainable employment. The monumental failure of Incompetent Mahama in the aspect of job creation is the resultant of the proliferation of associations of unemployed youth like Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana, Unemployed Nurses Association etc. Today, these groups are no more because of the massive jobs created by this government.
  2. NABCO: A whooping 100,000 young persons have been employed under the various modules of NABCO by the government of President Akufo-Addo. About 25,000 beneficiaries of this life-saving initiative are working in the Ashanti Region to grow the local economy.
  3. Youth Employment Agency (YEA)has employed over 70,000 young people under the Community Protection Personnel, Arabic Instructors, Sanitation and Youth in Sports modules in the districts across the country. Under the NDC. The Ashanti Region can boast of 12,224 beneficiaries. Ladies and Gentlemen, you would recall that under the Incompetent and Corrupt Leadership of Mr. Mahama, YEA, then called GYEEDA, was made an avenue of corruption, thievery and embezzlement. They stole and misused over GHc1 billion. The ‘big fishes’ like Clement Kofi Humado, the then Minister of Youth and Sports who superintended over a huge chunk of the cash was left off the hook by way of being used as prosecution   witness to jail Abuga Pele who caused the lost of a paltry Ghc3 million. This is SHAMFUL. Today, under the able Leadership of Sammi Awuku (Board Chairman of YEA) and Lawyer Justin Kodua Frimpong (CEO of YEA), the image and relevance of YEA is at all time high.
  4. YEA’s Job Center platform, Region Flagship Projects and the Artisan Directory has enabled thousands of young people across the country to secure sustainable jobs in the short to medium term.
  5. Financial Support to one thousand athletes: YEA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Sports Authority (NSA), Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and others to directly pay a monthly stipends of Ghc500.00 to 1,000 athletes for a period of six (6) months.
  6. Recruitment of Teachers: From 2017 to date, the NPP government ably headed by President Akufo-Addo has recruited 84,549 teaching staff including the special recruitment of 8,872 persons on the wheels of the Free SHS policy. Over 9,000 of these recruited Teachers are in the Ashanti region.
  7. Recruitment of Non-Teaching Staff: Between 2017 and now, GES has recruited 1,445 persons.
  8. Jobs under Educational Support Programme: GES partnered YEA to recruit 7,700 youth under the Educational Support Programme.
  9. Recruitment of Nurses: Between 2017 and 2019, upon obtaining financial clearance, the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service have employed 54,000 nurses. The process to recruit trained nurses and midwives who completed in 2017 is far advanced. Over 8,000 of these nurses have been posted to and working in health facilities across the Ashanti Region. Between 2012 and 2016, the Incompetent Mahama and his NDC government couldn’t employed trained nurses and midwives as well as other health workers who were due for posting for the reason that, in the words of Mahama, “we have chewed the meat to the bone”.
  10. Recruitment of Other Health Workers: The NPP government, from 2017 to date, has recruited 18,000 other health workers. Not less than 3,000 of these health workers are working in the Ashanti Region.
  11. Recruitment of Environmental Health Officers/ Assistants: Upon receipt of financial clearance, the Ministry of Sanitation has  recruited 1,174 Environmental Health Officers/ Assistants for MMDAs. These are young people who have graduated from School of hygiene between 2010 to 2019. About 300 of these officers have been posted to the various MMDAs in the Ashanti Region.
  12. Recruitment of Extension Officers:Over the last two years, the Ministry of Agriculture has recruited 2,700 extension officers leading to an improvement in the extension officer farmer ratio from 1:1908 to 1:706. Ladies and Gentlemen, almost every district in the Ashanti Region has these extension officers working assiduously to sustain the growth chalked in Agric under the government of President Akufo-Addo.The Ashanti Region has had it fair share of about 400 of these Extension Officers. Under the Incompetent governance of Mahama and his running mate, extension officers were scare and that partly accounted for the negative growth in Agric.
  13. Recruitment of Security Personnel: Upon assumption of office, the President Akufo-Addo’s government has recruited close to ten thousand young people into the various security services i.e. Fire Service, Police, Immigration, Army etc. The Ashanti Region can be proud of about one thousand (1,000) of these officers.
  14. Investment and Jobs under Ghana Automotive Development Policy: Government launched this initiative in August 2019. The Policy has so far attracted investments and commercial interests from global OEMs (Original Equipment manufacturers) including Toyota, Volkswagen, Nissan, Renault, Hyundai, Sinotruck and Suzuki. The Policy will also support existing local auto assemblers such as the Kantanka Group. Today, Volkswagen has commenced the sale of vehicles assembled in Ghana. President Akufo-Addo has also directed all government institutions to buy vehicles assembled in Ghana. This will translate into more sustainable jobs for the youth.
  15. Job Creation in Cocoa: Through the implementation of the various cocoa sector programmes namely, rehabilitation, replanting, mass spraying, fertilizer application, hand pollination, mass pruning, cocoa farm irrigation and farmer database implementation, a number of 105,350 jobs have been made available in line with the objective of Government to direct youthful energies into productive ventures in the cocoa sector, stem rural-urban migration and improve livelihoods across the country. This is contained in the 2020 budget. The cocoa growing areas in the Ashanti region have benefited hugely from this recruitment.
  16. Forestry Commission: 83.000 young people have been employed under the Forest Plantation Program to help restore our environment. Ladies and Gentlemen, over 8,000 youth out of the total number are working hard to GREEN the environments within the confines of the Ashanti Region.
  17. Presidential Business Support Programme: 12,000 start-ups and small businesses received training to build their capacity to enable them to compete locally and globally under the Presidential Business Support Programme. Out of these 12,000 trained young entrepreneurs, 3,000 of them were provided funding to expand their businesses in order to create jobs. About 30,500 jobs are expected to be created under this year’s Presidential Business Support Programme. The Ashanti Region had its fair share.
  18. Presidential Pitch: Under season one and two, 20 young persons out of 800 were selected and given financial support to develop their entrepreneurial ideas into businesses. They created 460 jobs. In July, 2020, President Akufo-Addo presented Ghc1 million to 20 young entrepreneurs. Ladies and Gentlemen, its very sad that under Mahama’s administration, he was unable to implement any meaning initiative to support the youth.
  19. Equipping the Youth with Entrepreneurial Skills under NEIP:from 2017 to date, the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) has trained 45,000 youth in Agricbusines, ICT, Trade and Commerce, out of which 7,679 are in the Ashanti Region. Under the 8 years administration of the NDC, they were able to support a paltry 68 youth under Youth Enterprise Support (YES). This is monumental failure.
  20. Funding of Young Entrepreneurs under NEIP: A total of 9,350 businesses have been funded within 3 years with amount ranging from GHs10,000 to GHs100,000. One thousand one hundred and forty nine (1,149) of these businesses can be found in the Ashanti Region.
  21. Campus Business Pitch Programme: Government launched the Campus Business Pitch Programme aimed at building the entrepreneurship culture among students with the intention of catching them young to contribute meaningfully to the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda.
  22. Rural Enterprise Programme (REP): REP trained 11,528 persons in business development skills and supported 5,942 master crafts persons and apprentices. A total of 3,833 new rural businesses were established  whilst 4,727 direct jobs were created. Under the REP, 990 existing informal businesses were registered.
  23. Green Business Initiative: 75 Greenhouses (Domes) were completed for vegetable cultivation at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region. 1,500 young graduates were engaged at the Greenhouse to revolutionalise vegetable cultivation in the country. This year, the Ministry is building 50 additional domes and engage 2,000 young graduates in green house technology. In addition, the Community Business Initiative will be rolled out to benefit over 40,000 interns.
  24. Jobs under Incubation and Support Programme at Accra Digital Center: In 2019, the Ministry of Communication through the Accra Digital Centre (ADC) provided incubation and support for 150 start-ups. In addition, 3,000 youth were trained in different digital programmes, 1,800 digital and 200 ancillary jobs were created. Government partnered with Oracle to provide support for 500 tech start-ups across seven regions. Discussions are ongoing to expand this initiative to cover 1500 start-ups in 2020.
  • Technology Transfer, Research and Product Development Programme (TTRPDP): Under this program, GRATIS Foundation in 2019 provided training for the youth in the following areas: 305 for NVTI certification, 199 for TEU/NABPTEX certification and 809 in equipment manufacturing. In 2020, GRATIS will train 331 apprentices for NVTI certification, 180 apprentices for TEU/NABPTEX certification and 500 students from engineering institutions and master craftsmen.
  • Technical and Vocational Skills Training: In 2019, three (3) technical and vocational skills training institutions under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, namely the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Opportunities Industrialisation Centres-Ghana (OIC-G) and Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills (ICCESS), trained 11,662 persons in various vocational trades. The NVTI and OICG also trained 3,190 master craft persons while the NVTI tested 16,791 persons in various vocational and technical trade skills. In addition, the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) trained 384 persons in managerial and productivity enhancement skills.
  • Jobs under Labour Department: in 2019 alone, the Labour Department placed 2,250 persons in gainful employment through the Public Employment Centres (PECs) and Private Employment Agencies (PEAs).
  • Jobs under National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI): The NBSSI under the Micro and Small Business Development programme established 1,438 new businesses and created 2,961 new jobs across the country. The NBSSI also assisted 284 Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) to access institutional credit. In addition, a total of 2,168 business development programmes were organized for 23,645 MSEs to improve their capacity. A total of 276 MSEs were also assisted to formalize their businesses through registration with the Register Generals Department.
  • Planting for Food and Jobs: A whooping 1.9 million people including the Ghanaian Youth have benefited from this program.
  • Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD): To diversify exports and income sources, in April 2019 His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the Planting for Export and Rural Development programme. The programme aims to promote the export of tree crops including cashew, coffee, coconut, oil palm, mango, rubber and sheanut to increase export earnings. The youth of Ghana are beneficiaries of this novelty.
  • Aquaculture for Food and Jobs (AFJ): the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development piloted the “Aquaculture for Food and Jobs”  flagship Initiative under which 321 youths were trained in modern methods of aquaculture production. In 2020, the Initiative is being fully rolled out in Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Western, Volta, Oti, and Eastern Regions to create an estimated 1,200 direct jobs and 1,800 indirect jobs.
  • Jobs at Fish Landing Sites: To ensure safe launching and landing of artisanal fishing, create and maintain hygienic environments and create potential job opportunities within the fishing communities, H.E. the President cut sod for the construction of ten coastal fish landing sites at Axim, Dixcove, Elmina, Moree, Mumford, Winneba, Senya Breku, Fete, Teshie, and Keta.
  • Free Basic Education Certificate Examination: Since 2017 to date, pupils who sat for BECE never paid for the registration fees because President Akufo-Addo made a conscious effort to absorb the cost. In 2019, government absorbed the registration fees for 391,318 candidates from public Junior High Schools. In 2020, government has absorbed the BECE Registration fee for an estimated 397,500 candidates from Public JHSs.
  • Free West African Senior School Certificate Examination: President Akufo-Addo in his 12th televised address to update the country on the fight against COVID-19, said a whooping Ghc75 million has been made available to pay for the WASSCE examination fees of the 313,838 students who will sit for the exams – the soon to be “Akufo-Addo Graduates”. This is unprecedented and commendable. Under the Incompetent Mahama and his running mate, children from poor families had their education truncated at the  SHS level and some at the JHS level because they couldn’t pay registration fees. The unfortunate phenomenon was known to Incompetent Mahama and his running mate but they turned the blind eye and rather focused their energies on looting the state.
  • Free Learning Materials: By virtue of Free SHS, learning materials like core textbooks, supplementary readers, uniforms, house-cloths, house-dress, technical drawing equipment, PE kits, notebooks and exercise books are being supplied for free since 2017. This is unprecedented. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is said that during the tenure of Mahama and his running mate, they couldn’t supply schools with even basic learning materials like chalk. Teachers had to use their meagre salary to buy chalk to teach our children and when they complained, the then 2nd Lady, Mrs. Ammisah Arthur responded that Mahama and his running mate who was the Minister of Education then will not give them (teachers) chalks today, neither will they give them tomorrow. The was how bad the situation was.
  • Double Track System: This novel initiative has been a lifesaving and destiny helper. Statistics from the Ministry of Education indicate that between 2017 and 2019 alone, about520,000 Ghanaian Children who but for the timely intervention of Free SHS and double track would have been thrown out unto the streets, have been enrolled into the various senior high schools across the country.
  • In the 8 solid years rule of the NDC, over a million of Ghanaian children, future leaders of this country, were thrown onto the streets because of poverty and inadequate space.
  • Incompetent Mahama and his running mate were seized with this phenomenon but because they were bereaved of ideas and were incompetent, they couldn’t devise an innovation like the double track system to protect and promote the future of these noble children. Sadly, some of these children who couldn’t access SHS under Mahama and his running mate have become arm robbers, prostitutes etc.
  • Unprecedented Infrastructure Projects in SHS and Basic Schools: In less than 4 years, the Government has initiated over 1,200 infrastructural projects encompassing new classroom blocks, administration blocks, dormitory blocks, assembly halls, laboratories and toilet facilities in senior high schools across the country ostensibly to create more space to educate the Ghanaian child and also abolish the double track system. It is instructive to note that many schools including Lawra SHS and Gambaga Girls SHS have reverted to single track system owing to the massive infrastructural development in the schools. It is refreshing to note that over 300 of such projects can be found in SHSs in the Ashanti Region. At the Basic Level, the government, in less than 4years has constructed 557 infrastructural Projects out of which 178 can be found in the Ashanti Region.
  • Library Infrastructure Development for Academic Excellence:

In 2019, the Ghana Library Authority completed the construction of 2 libraries and renovated 10 existing libraries, including the Accra Central, Asokore and Hohoe libraries. In addition, a digital library was created to make library service accessible. Furthermore, resources were invested to increase the book stock in the libraries by 20 percent.

  • The construction and establishment of Ten (10) Training Centres of Excellence for the Council for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (COTVET). Each Centre of Excellence is a state-of-the-art complex comprising of fully equipped Classrooms, Laboratories, Workshops and Staff rooms.
  • Restoration of Teacher Trainees Allowance: In 2020 fiscal year alone, Ghc357 million is being paid to 48,000 Teacher Trainees. The Incompetent Mahama and his Insensitive running mate, in 2014 canceled the payment of allowance to trainee teachers. No amount of tears and pleas could change their minds. According to the General Secretary of the NDC, “there is no sense in paying teacher trainees allowance”. In a tweet, Mr. Mahama said “on the matter of trainee teacher allowances, better to lose on principle than win using falsehood. We’ll not reverse the decision”.
  • Restoration of Nursing Trainees Allowance: In 2020 fiscal year alone, Ghc336 million is being paid to 49,000 Nursing Trainees. Between September, 2017 and January, 2020, at least, a whooping Ghc1 billion has been paid to trainee nurses and teachers in the form of allowance.
  • Restore allowances paid to Arabic/Islamic instructors under the national volunteer service programme
  • Scholarship: For the first time in the history of Ghana, government scholarship has been decentralized. In 2019 alone, over 30,000 brilliant but needed students were given scholarship through the District Level Scholarship Scheme. It is projected that 60,000 students will be given scholarship in 2020.
  • Training of Students: Over 20,000 students have been trained under the Student Entrepreneurial Initiative rolled out by NEIP.
  • Enhanced Professional Image  of Teachers: Today, Teaching Job has become one of the most respected jobs in Ghana partly because of the Licensure Examination. In the words of the General Secretary of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), “As Lawyers, Nurses/Midwives and Doctors are able to protect their profession by identifying fake practitioners, Teachers can equally do so owing to the introduction of the Licensure Exams”.
  • Professional Allowance For Teachers: From this year, every Teacher will be paid Ghc1,200 annually as Professional Allowance.
  •  Timely Payment of Salaries of Newly Recruited Teachers: The system whereby newly recruited Teachers had to work for over 3years before receiving their first salary has been abolished. Within 6 months after being recruited, Teachers are paid their salary and all arrears, if any.
  • Abolishment of Three (3) months Salary Pay Policy: In 2015, the Incompetent Mahama introduced a policy called 3months Salary Pay Policy whereby Teachers who had work from 3 years and over were paid only 3 months salary arrears due them and declared the rest “bad debt”. At the time Incompetent Mahama brought this wicked policy, he had increased his salary by over 50% with retrospective effect. The goodnews today is that this policy has been abolished by President Akufo-Addo. And also, the government has paid almost all the arrears accrued from this bad and inhumane policy.
  • Abolish the payment of utility bills by students
  • Enhanced Teacher Motivation Package: The government of HE. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in 2019 disbursed GH¢52.6 million to SHSs and technical institutions for academic interventions and teacher motivation. The intervention covered activities such as extra classes organized by the teachers, group works for the students or any activity outside the normal classes hours aimed at improving learning outcomes.
  • Restoration of Book and Research Allowance: The NPP government has restored the book and research allowance that was canceled by Mr. Mahama and his running mate. In furtherance to this, there is a bill in parliament that will provide a secured and reliable sources of funding for research allowance of Lecturers.
  • The curricula of Colleges of Education has been updated to ensure they produce graduates that would teach the well-equipped and critical thinking population we need to move the country forward
  • The Ministry of Youth and Sports through the National Youth Authority (NYA) has built 10 ultra-modern and multi-purpose youth centers, with five thousand capacity, across the country. These facilities can be found in Wa, Ho, Axim, Yendi, Dormaa, Kaneshie, Koforidua, Nyinahini, Navorongo and Dunkwa-on-Offfin.
  • The construction of astro-turf by the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development across the country is another deliberate plan by the government to create an enabling platform for the youth in Ghana to develop and trade their talents.

COVID-19 Social Support Packages

  • Free water for all Ghanaians for 3 months (April, May and June).
  • Free Electricity for lifeline customers and 50% discount for other customers for 3 months (April, May and June).
  • Six Hundred Million Ghana Cedis (Ghc600 million) Coronavirus Alleviation Program Business Support Scheme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Tax exemptions for 6 months for Front-line Workers.
  • Additional allowance of 50% of their basic salaries for 6 months for Front-line Workers.
  • Free SHS: This year alone, the President Akufo-Addo led NPP Government is spending a whooping Ghc2.2 billion on  1.2 million children to enjoy Free Quality Education at the second cycle institutions across the country. 289,218 beneficiaries of free SHS are in the Ashanti Region. Ladies and Gentlemen, whereas the Incompetent Mahama invested heavily in dubious and corruption schemes like Bus Branding, SADA, GYEEDA etc., the Government that has the ordinary Ghanaian at heart, led by the People’s Akufo-Addo is investing billions in educating the future leaders of this country.

Roads in Ashanti Region

Ladies and Gentlemen, 2020 is a Year of Roads and I can’t end our engagement this morning without given attention to the monumental road projects being done across the country. It is incontestable that every city, town and village in this country has witness appreciable facelift given to their respective roads.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are constrained by time so I will only focus and recount the numerous road projects done and/or being done in the Ashanti Region under President Akufo-Addo.

Since January 2017, periodic maintenance projects have been awarded to the tune of GHS 898,555, 764.95 . The total road length under these projects is 200.66km.

The road projects in the Ashanti Region includes:

NO.PROJECT NAME
1Emergency Rehabilitation of Atimatim – Maase – Aboabogya Road
2Emergency Rehabilitation of Kodie – Aduman Road
3Upgrading of Banka Junction – Gyadem Road
4Regravelling of Agogo – Onyimso Road
5Rehabilitation of Adankwame – Ntesere Road
6Dualization of Dompoase Junction – Aputuogya Section of Kumasi – Abono Road(Lake Road)
7Upgrading of  Santasi – Bekwai Bypass
8Upgrading of Mampong of Mampong – Kofiase Road
9Upgrading of Kwadawso – Trabuom Road
10Upgrading of Nsuta – Beposo Road
11Rehabilitation of Effiduase – Kasaam – Asonomaso Nkwanta Road
12Upgrading of Bekwai of Towns
13Upgrading of Trabuom – Nwiniso – Moseaso Road
14Rehabilitation of Wioso – Moseaso Road
15Upgrading of Ofoase Kokoben – Adjemasu road
16Resealing of Fomena Junction – Obuasi Road
17Resealing of Konongo – Agogo Road
18Decongestion of Ejisu – KNUST Section of the N6, Lot 1
19Decongestion of Ejisu – KNUST Section of the N6, Lot 2

Conclusion

The sterling performance of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is evident in the lives of the Ghanaian youth. This government has performed better than any other government in the 4th Republic when it comes to the implementation of policies that have far-reaching benefits in the lives of the youth.

The NPP Youth is giving the National Youth wing and the Communications Outfit of the NDC a one week ultimatum to tell the Ghanaian Youth, specific Youth-focused policies and programs that they implemented in their 8years administration and the impact it had in the lives of the youth of Ghana.

The youth of Ghana is grateful to the President, HE Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo for his visionary leadership and come 7th December, 2020, we will vote massively to give the NPP and President Akufo-Addo four more years to do more for us.

4 MORE FOR NANA.4 MORE TO DO MORE FOR YOU.Thank you.

…Signed…Henry Nana Boakye (Esq),(NPP, National Youth Organizer)

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NPP Youth Pinpoint 60 Great Achievements of NPP Government and Why Electorates must Vote for Nana Addo Again….get full Statement

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Youth of the New Patriotic Party have categorically pinpointed what they call unprecedented achievements of the party in their four years of governance.The event led by the NPP National Youth Organizer Lawyer Henry Nana Boakye affectionately called Nana B came off yesterday July 14 2020, under The Youth Must Know Series in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional Capital.They touched on 60 solid achievements of the party and reasons why  Ghananians must vote for the NPP again on December 7, 2020 general elections.
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THE YOUTH MUST KNOW SERIES 4TH EDITION – KUMASI

Introduction

Good morning Friends in the fraternity.

The National Youth wing of the New Patriotic Party is pleased to have you here upon a short notice. This media engagement forms part of activities being carried out by the National Youth Wing of the NPP on the wheels of the Youth Must Know series initiated a year ago in Koforidua.

We have invited you here to update you on issues pertaining to the on-going Mass Voter’s Registration Exercise under the auspices of the Electoral Commission (EC) and also explain to the noble Ghanaian youth the need to go out in our millions to register and more importantly, vote for H.E.  Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the 2020 general elections.

Mass Registration Exercise

Fellow Youth of Ghana, friends in the media, as you are all aware, the Electoral Commission (EC) has started the Mass Registration Exercise across the country. The exercise is scheduled to run for 38 days, thus from Tuesday, 30th June to Thursday, 6th August, 2020.

From the most recent update by the EC, the total number of Ghanaians who had successfully registered within the first 12 days stood at 4,445,346. According to the EC’s data, 62.34% of the registrants used Ghana Card as proof of identify, 1.9% registrants used valid Passport whereas the remaining 35.72% went through on the account of guarantors.

From the foregoing, it can be concluded that the exercise has been largely successful regardless of the initial challenges that bedeviled it. In deed, the naysayers, pessimists and war mongers have been put to shame. I herewith, encourage everyone, especially the youth to go out there and register.

However, we must do so whiles observing the COVID-19 preventive briquettes i.e. wearing face-mask, washing of hands with soap under running water, observing social distancing while joining the queue and sanitizing our hands with alcohol based sanitizer before leaving the centers.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the decision by the EC at IPAC to register eligible SHS final year students on campus using their Mobile Registration Teams was a very good decision that has averted the COVID-19 risk associated with the students leaving campus to register with the masses in the communities.

It is important to emphasis that EC did not create any new registration center in any of the Senior High Schools outside the gazetted list. The EC simply deployed its Mobile Registration Teams to Senior High Schools that have no centers on their respective campus to register eligible students.

Furthermore, the EC assigned codes of polling stations that are closer to the campuses to the individual registrants (Students). In essence, none of the campuses will have any unique code that is different from or outside that which has been gazetted.

Having said that, it is imperative to underscore that the sinister antics of the leadership of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to disenfranchise these eligible SHS students by unduly obstructing them from registering to obtain Voter’s ID Cards in the ongoing Mass Registration Exercise by the Electoral Commission (EC) is very irresponsible, demeaning and shameful. It is extremely reprehensible, the callousness of the NDC to want to send these innocent students outside campus to register, having in mind the COVID-19 risk and the threat it poses to the lives of these students. It is much clearer now that the NDC do not only wish for the COVID-19 cases to escalate but they are working tirelessly to cause many deaths in the senior high schools. We call on parents and well-meaning Ghanaians to condemn the NDC and demand that they act in a much dignified and responsible manner.

It is puzzling, that the NDC has always been against Ghanaians being educated to take active part in the National Decision Making Process and ultimately voting for a party with good policies and programmes for the Ghanaian Youth. This is evident in their silence about the registration of prisoners and stern resistance to the registration of eligible SHS Students. The height of insincerity and double standards inherent in the conduct of the NDC confirms the belief of majority of Ghanaians that the NDC’s sole agenda is to frustrate the electoral processes and cause undue delays by putting needless impediments in the way of the EC.

Ladies and Gentlemen, you may be aware of the juvenile propaganda that the  NDC has been engaging in over my visit to some Senior High Schools in the Ashanti Region to observe the special registration arrangement by the Electoral Commission in second cycle institutions across the Country. I would want to state for the records that I never campaigned in any of the Schools I visited as corroborated by the respected Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Adutwum.

Again, I want strongly emphasize, for the education of the NDC and its surrogates who have demonstrated time and again that they don’t like reading and lack basic comprehension skills, that my visit was strictly in conformity with the directives of the Ghana Education Service (GES) as contained in their release dated 9th of July, 2020, under the hand of Madam Cassandra Twum Ampofo.

I went to the schools with accreditation given to officers of political parties and observer groups by the EC to monitor the process. It is important to note that my actions did not in any way flout laid down rules and regulations on the process.

I, therefore, entreat the general public to disregard the lies and propaganda from the camp of the NDC on this matter. They find comfort in creating needless trivialities and lame distortions just to distract the public because they have no campaign message.

COVID-19 and Related Issues.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the government has made giant strides in the management of confirmed COVID-19 cases as evident in the number of recoveries. According to data from the Ghana Health Service, out of the 24,988 confirmed cases, 21,069 people have fully recovered leaving us with active cases of 3,782 and 139 deaths, regrettably.

Fellow youth, the NDC’s utterances and demeanor gives us accurate impression that they are only interested in making undue political capital out of the COVID-19 pandemic through foul means. This is evident in their numerous shallow criticisms, not backed by science and data but influenced by ignorance and/or cheap partisan politics.

Yesterday, the National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi,  yet again, polluted the airwaves with the usual lies, half-baked truth and deceitful assertions targeted at exploiting the emotions of unsuspecting Ghanaians. He contends, not on the basis of science and data but cheap partisan politics, that the schools must be closed for the final year students to go back home because some students have contracted the virus. The youth of NPP, at this point, based on the available data and science, strongly disagree with the NDC and wish to respond as follows:

  1. That the situation is within manageable level, a sentiment shared by the President of Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and others. Currently, there are over 420.000 students in the various SHSs across the country, out of which about 100 students representing about 0.02% have contracted the virus. So about 99.98% of our children in school are negative. Again, out of the 723 Senior High Schools in the country, about 10 of them representing 1.38% have recorded confirmed COVID-19 cases. Going by this data, it wouldn’t make logical sense, neither will it make scientific sense for Sammy Gyamfi to say that the schools should be closed.
  2. That none of the students who are positive of COVID-19 is Sick. They are all asymptomatic and responding to treatment and have been isolated, making them not a threat to the others.
  3. It is important to note that the students who have tested positive of COVID-19 did not contract the virus on the respective campuses. They brought it from home.
  4. The COVID-19 is living with us in the communities and our homes, especially the compound houses. So sending the children back home and into the communities cannot protect them from contracting the virus. It rather escalate their risk exposure to contract the virus. That
  5. The students are much saver in highly restricted places like their campuses where stringent COVID-19 preventive etiquette are adhered to. The governemnt has distributed a total of 18,00 Veronica Buckets, 800,000 pieces of 200ml sanitizers, 36,000 rolls of tissue paper, 36,000 gallons of liquid soap, and 7,200 thermometer guns to the schools. Three (3) re-usable facemasks have been given to each of the students. Entry to and exit from the school are strictly controlled and the has significantly minimized the import of the virus into the schools.
  6. In simple terms, the schools are much safer places for the students to be, comparing it to the communities and compound houses.
  7. Lastly, according to the WHO, the COVID-19 pandemic can be brought under control in 5years time. So is the NDC saying that we should suspect critical aspects of our national lives like education for the next 5years? It doesn’t add up. Until we get vaccines for COVID-19, we need to learn how to live with the virus as every country across the global is doing.
Henry Nana Boakye-NPP National Youth Organizer

60 Reasons the Youth Must Register and Vote for President Akufo-Addo

As a Ghanaian, it is your civic responsible to register and vote during public elections and referenda. Your vote is the most valuable tool you have and its more than an expression of how you feel about a particular candidate. Your vote has significant consequence on the fortunes of  the state.

In 2016, the Youth of Ghana campaigned and voted massively for President Akufo-Addo. President Akufo-Addo, in turn, has kept faith with the youth of Ghana and this is the more reason why the youth must register in our numbers and vote to give him and the NPP four (4) more years to do more for us.

The NPP youth have counted 60life-changing and impactful youth beneficial policies and programmes that have been implemented and/ or being implemented by the Akufo-Addo led NPP government in less than 4years and with your indulgence, I will take my time to catalog them in justification of the need for the youth to register in our millions and vote massively for President Akufo-Addo. For emphasis, these are only achievements that have far-reaching direct benefits for the Ghanaian youth.

  1. One District One Factory: over 58 factories out of the 181 under the 1D1F initiative have been completed and operationalized  by the Nana Addo-Bawumia led NPP government. This has created 10,983 direct jobs and 43,900 indirect jobs. In the 8years rule of the Incompetent Mahama led NDC government, they can’t boast of even 3 factories that they built and operationalized to give the youth sustainable employment. The monumental failure of Incompetent Mahama in the aspect of job creation is the resultant of the proliferation of associations of unemployed youth like Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana, Unemployed Nurses Association etc. Today, these groups are no more because of the massive jobs created by this government.
  2. NABCO: A whooping 100,000 young persons have been employed under the various modules of NABCO by the government of President Akufo-Addo. About 25,000 beneficiaries of this life-saving initiative are working in the Ashanti Region to grow the local economy.
  3. Youth Employment Agency (YEA)has employed over 70,000 young people under the Community Protection Personnel, Arabic Instructors, Sanitation and Youth in Sports modules in the districts across the country. Under the NDC. The Ashanti Region can boast of 12,224 beneficiaries. Ladies and Gentlemen, you would recall that under the Incompetent and Corrupt Leadership of Mr. Mahama, YEA, then called GYEEDA, was made an avenue of corruption, thievery and embezzlement. They stole and misused over GHc1 billion. The ‘big fishes’ like Clement Kofi Humado, the then Minister of Youth and Sports who superintended over a huge chunk of the cash was left off the hook by way of being used as prosecution   witness to jail Abuga Pele who caused the lost of a paltry Ghc3 million. This is SHAMFUL. Today, under the able Leadership of Sammi Awuku (Board Chairman of YEA) and Lawyer Justin Kodua Frimpong (CEO of YEA), the image and relevance of YEA is at all time high.
  4. YEA’s Job Center platform, Region Flagship Projects and the Artisan Directory has enabled thousands of young people across the country to secure sustainable jobs in the short to medium term.
  5. Financial Support to one thousand athletes: YEA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Sports Authority (NSA), Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and others to directly pay a monthly stipends of Ghc500.00 to 1,000 athletes for a period of six (6) months.
  6. Recruitment of Teachers: From 2017 to date, the NPP government ably headed by President Akufo-Addo has recruited 84,549 teaching staff including the special recruitment of 8,872 persons on the wheels of the Free SHS policy. Over 9,000 of these recruited Teachers are in the Ashanti region.
  7. Recruitment of Non-Teaching Staff: Between 2017 and now, GES has recruited 1,445 persons.
  8. Jobs under Educational Support Programme: GES partnered YEA to recruit 7,700 youth under the Educational Support Programme.
  9. Recruitment of Nurses: Between 2017 and 2019, upon obtaining financial clearance, the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service have employed 54,000 nurses. The process to recruit trained nurses and midwives who completed in 2017 is far advanced. Over 8,000 of these nurses have been posted to and working in health facilities across the Ashanti Region. Between 2012 and 2016, the Incompetent Mahama and his NDC government couldn’t employed trained nurses and midwives as well as other health workers who were due for posting for the reason that, in the words of Mahama, “we have chewed the meat to the bone”.
  10. Recruitment of Other Health Workers: The NPP government, from 2017 to date, has recruited 18,000 other health workers. Not less than 3,000 of these health workers are working in the Ashanti Region.
  11. Recruitment of Environmental Health Officers/ Assistants: Upon receipt of financial clearance, the Ministry of Sanitation has  recruited 1,174 Environmental Health Officers/ Assistants for MMDAs. These are young people who have graduated from School of hygiene between 2010 to 2019. About 300 of these officers have been posted to the various MMDAs in the Ashanti Region.
  12. Recruitment of Extension Officers:Over the last two years, the Ministry of Agriculture has recruited 2,700 extension officers leading to an improvement in the extension officer farmer ratio from 1:1908 to 1:706. Ladies and Gentlemen, almost every district in the Ashanti Region has these extension officers working assiduously to sustain the growth chalked in Agric under the government of President Akufo-Addo.The Ashanti Region has had it fair share of about 400 of these Extension Officers. Under the Incompetent governance of Mahama and his running mate, extension officers were scare and that partly accounted for the negative growth in Agric.
  13. Recruitment of Security Personnel: Upon assumption of office, the President Akufo-Addo’s government has recruited close to ten thousand young people into the various security services i.e. Fire Service, Police, Immigration, Army etc. The Ashanti Region can be proud of about one thousand (1,000) of these officers.
  14. Investment and Jobs under Ghana Automotive Development Policy: Government launched this initiative in August 2019. The Policy has so far attracted investments and commercial interests from global OEMs (Original Equipment manufacturers) including Toyota, Volkswagen, Nissan, Renault, Hyundai, Sinotruck and Suzuki. The Policy will also support existing local auto assemblers such as the Kantanka Group. Today, Volkswagen has commenced the sale of vehicles assembled in Ghana. President Akufo-Addo has also directed all government institutions to buy vehicles assembled in Ghana. This will translate into more sustainable jobs for the youth.
  15. Job Creation in Cocoa: Through the implementation of the various cocoa sector programmes namely, rehabilitation, replanting, mass spraying, fertilizer application, hand pollination, mass pruning, cocoa farm irrigation and farmer database implementation, a number of 105,350 jobs have been made available in line with the objective of Government to direct youthful energies into productive ventures in the cocoa sector, stem rural-urban migration and improve livelihoods across the country. This is contained in the 2020 budget. The cocoa growing areas in the Ashanti region have benefited hugely from this recruitment.
  16. Forestry Commission: 83.000 young people have been employed under the Forest Plantation Program to help restore our environment. Ladies and Gentlemen, over 8,000 youth out of the total number are working hard to GREEN the environments within the confines of the Ashanti Region.
  17. Presidential Business Support Programme: 12,000 start-ups and small businesses received training to build their capacity to enable them to compete locally and globally under the Presidential Business Support Programme. Out of these 12,000 trained young entrepreneurs, 3,000 of them were provided funding to expand their businesses in order to create jobs. About 30,500 jobs are expected to be created under this year’s Presidential Business Support Programme. The Ashanti Region had its fair share.
  18. Presidential Pitch: Under season one and two, 20 young persons out of 800 were selected and given financial support to develop their entrepreneurial ideas into businesses. They created 460 jobs. In July, 2020, President Akufo-Addo presented Ghc1 million to 20 young entrepreneurs. Ladies and Gentlemen, its very sad that under Mahama’s administration, he was unable to implement any meaning initiative to support the youth.
  19. Equipping the Youth with Entrepreneurial Skills under NEIP:from 2017 to date, the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) has trained 45,000 youth in Agricbusines, ICT, Trade and Commerce, out of which 7,679 are in the Ashanti Region. Under the 8 years administration of the NDC, they were able to support a paltry 68 youth under Youth Enterprise Support (YES). This is monumental failure.
  20. Funding of Young Entrepreneurs under NEIP: A total of 9,350 businesses have been funded within 3 years with amount ranging from GHs10,000 to GHs100,000. One thousand one hundred and forty nine (1,149) of these businesses can be found in the Ashanti Region.
  21. Campus Business Pitch Programme: Government launched the Campus Business Pitch Programme aimed at building the entrepreneurship culture among students with the intention of catching them young to contribute meaningfully to the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda.
  22. Rural Enterprise Programme (REP): REP trained 11,528 persons in business development skills and supported 5,942 master crafts persons and apprentices. A total of 3,833 new rural businesses were established  whilst 4,727 direct jobs were created. Under the REP, 990 existing informal businesses were registered.
  23. Green Business Initiative: 75 Greenhouses (Domes) were completed for vegetable cultivation at Dawhenya in the Greater Accra Region. 1,500 young graduates were engaged at the Greenhouse to revolutionalise vegetable cultivation in the country. This year, the Ministry is building 50 additional domes and engage 2,000 young graduates in green house technology. In addition, the Community Business Initiative will be rolled out to benefit over 40,000 interns.
  24. Jobs under Incubation and Support Programme at Accra Digital Center: In 2019, the Ministry of Communication through the Accra Digital Centre (ADC) provided incubation and support for 150 start-ups. In addition, 3,000 youth were trained in different digital programmes, 1,800 digital and 200 ancillary jobs were created. Government partnered with Oracle to provide support for 500 tech start-ups across seven regions. Discussions are ongoing to expand this initiative to cover 1500 start-ups in 2020.
  • Technology Transfer, Research and Product Development Programme (TTRPDP): Under this program, GRATIS Foundation in 2019 provided training for the youth in the following areas: 305 for NVTI certification, 199 for TEU/NABPTEX certification and 809 in equipment manufacturing. In 2020, GRATIS will train 331 apprentices for NVTI certification, 180 apprentices for TEU/NABPTEX certification and 500 students from engineering institutions and master craftsmen.
  • Technical and Vocational Skills Training: In 2019, three (3) technical and vocational skills training institutions under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, namely the National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI), Opportunities Industrialisation Centres-Ghana (OIC-G) and Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills (ICCESS), trained 11,662 persons in various vocational trades. The NVTI and OICG also trained 3,190 master craft persons while the NVTI tested 16,791 persons in various vocational and technical trade skills. In addition, the Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) trained 384 persons in managerial and productivity enhancement skills.
  • Jobs under Labour Department: in 2019 alone, the Labour Department placed 2,250 persons in gainful employment through the Public Employment Centres (PECs) and Private Employment Agencies (PEAs).
  • Jobs under National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI): The NBSSI under the Micro and Small Business Development programme established 1,438 new businesses and created 2,961 new jobs across the country. The NBSSI also assisted 284 Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) to access institutional credit. In addition, a total of 2,168 business development programmes were organized for 23,645 MSEs to improve their capacity. A total of 276 MSEs were also assisted to formalize their businesses through registration with the Register Generals Department.
  • Planting for Food and Jobs: A whooping 1.9 million people including the Ghanaian Youth have benefited from this program.
  • Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD): To diversify exports and income sources, in April 2019 His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the Planting for Export and Rural Development programme. The programme aims to promote the export of tree crops including cashew, coffee, coconut, oil palm, mango, rubber and sheanut to increase export earnings. The youth of Ghana are beneficiaries of this novelty.
  • Aquaculture for Food and Jobs (AFJ): the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development piloted the “Aquaculture for Food and Jobs”  flagship Initiative under which 321 youths were trained in modern methods of aquaculture production. In 2020, the Initiative is being fully rolled out in Ashanti, Bono, Bono East, Western, Volta, Oti, and Eastern Regions to create an estimated 1,200 direct jobs and 1,800 indirect jobs.
  • Jobs at Fish Landing Sites: To ensure safe launching and landing of artisanal fishing, create and maintain hygienic environments and create potential job opportunities within the fishing communities, H.E. the President cut sod for the construction of ten coastal fish landing sites at Axim, Dixcove, Elmina, Moree, Mumford, Winneba, Senya Breku, Fete, Teshie, and Keta.
  • Free Basic Education Certificate Examination: Since 2017 to date, pupils who sat for BECE never paid for the registration fees because President Akufo-Addo made a conscious effort to absorb the cost. In 2019, government absorbed the registration fees for 391,318 candidates from public Junior High Schools. In 2020, government has absorbed the BECE Registration fee for an estimated 397,500 candidates from Public JHSs.
  • Free West African Senior School Certificate Examination: President Akufo-Addo in his 12th televised address to update the country on the fight against COVID-19, said a whooping Ghc75 million has been made available to pay for the WASSCE examination fees of the 313,838 students who will sit for the exams – the soon to be “Akufo-Addo Graduates”. This is unprecedented and commendable. Under the Incompetent Mahama and his running mate, children from poor families had their education truncated at the  SHS level and some at the JHS level because they couldn’t pay registration fees. The unfortunate phenomenon was known to Incompetent Mahama and his running mate but they turned the blind eye and rather focused their energies on looting the state.
  • Free Learning Materials: By virtue of Free SHS, learning materials like core textbooks, supplementary readers, uniforms, house-cloths, house-dress, technical drawing equipment, PE kits, notebooks and exercise books are being supplied for free since 2017. This is unprecedented. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is said that during the tenure of Mahama and his running mate, they couldn’t supply schools with even basic learning materials like chalk. Teachers had to use their meagre salary to buy chalk to teach our children and when they complained, the then 2nd Lady, Mrs. Ammisah Arthur responded that Mahama and his running mate who was the Minister of Education then will not give them (teachers) chalks today, neither will they give them tomorrow. The was how bad the situation was.
  • Double Track System: This novel initiative has been a lifesaving and destiny helper. Statistics from the Ministry of Education indicate that between 2017 and 2019 alone, about520,000 Ghanaian Children who but for the timely intervention of Free SHS and double track would have been thrown out unto the streets, have been enrolled into the various senior high schools across the country.
  • In the 8 solid years rule of the NDC, over a million of Ghanaian children, future leaders of this country, were thrown onto the streets because of poverty and inadequate space.
  • Incompetent Mahama and his running mate were seized with this phenomenon but because they were bereaved of ideas and were incompetent, they couldn’t devise an innovation like the double track system to protect and promote the future of these noble children. Sadly, some of these children who couldn’t access SHS under Mahama and his running mate have become arm robbers, prostitutes etc.
  • Unprecedented Infrastructure Projects in SHS and Basic Schools: In less than 4 years, the Government has initiated over 1,200 infrastructural projects encompassing new classroom blocks, administration blocks, dormitory blocks, assembly halls, laboratories and toilet facilities in senior high schools across the country ostensibly to create more space to educate the Ghanaian child and also abolish the double track system. It is instructive to note that many schools including Lawra SHS and Gambaga Girls SHS have reverted to single track system owing to the massive infrastructural development in the schools. It is refreshing to note that over 300 of such projects can be found in SHSs in the Ashanti Region. At the Basic Level, the government, in less than 4years has constructed 557 infrastructural Projects out of which 178 can be found in the Ashanti Region.
  • Library Infrastructure Development for Academic Excellence:

In 2019, the Ghana Library Authority completed the construction of 2 libraries and renovated 10 existing libraries, including the Accra Central, Asokore and Hohoe libraries. In addition, a digital library was created to make library service accessible. Furthermore, resources were invested to increase the book stock in the libraries by 20 percent.

  • The construction and establishment of Ten (10) Training Centres of Excellence for the Council for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (COTVET). Each Centre of Excellence is a state-of-the-art complex comprising of fully equipped Classrooms, Laboratories, Workshops and Staff rooms.
  • Restoration of Teacher Trainees Allowance: In 2020 fiscal year alone, Ghc357 million is being paid to 48,000 Teacher Trainees. The Incompetent Mahama and his Insensitive running mate, in 2014 canceled the payment of allowance to trainee teachers. No amount of tears and pleas could change their minds. According to the General Secretary of the NDC, “there is no sense in paying teacher trainees allowance”. In a tweet, Mr. Mahama said “on the matter of trainee teacher allowances, better to lose on principle than win using falsehood. We’ll not reverse the decision”.
  • Restoration of Nursing Trainees Allowance: In 2020 fiscal year alone, Ghc336 million is being paid to 49,000 Nursing Trainees. Between September, 2017 and January, 2020, at least, a whooping Ghc1 billion has been paid to trainee nurses and teachers in the form of allowance.
  • Restore allowances paid to Arabic/Islamic instructors under the national volunteer service programme
  • Scholarship: For the first time in the history of Ghana, government scholarship has been decentralized. In 2019 alone, over 30,000 brilliant but needed students were given scholarship through the District Level Scholarship Scheme. It is projected that 60,000 students will be given scholarship in 2020.
  • Training of Students: Over 20,000 students have been trained under the Student Entrepreneurial Initiative rolled out by NEIP.
  • Enhanced Professional Image  of Teachers: Today, Teaching Job has become one of the most respected jobs in Ghana partly because of the Licensure Examination. In the words of the General Secretary of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), “As Lawyers, Nurses/Midwives and Doctors are able to protect their profession by identifying fake practitioners, Teachers can equally do so owing to the introduction of the Licensure Exams”.
  • Professional Allowance For Teachers: From this year, every Teacher will be paid Ghc1,200 annually as Professional Allowance.
  •  Timely Payment of Salaries of Newly Recruited Teachers: The system whereby newly recruited Teachers had to work for over 3years before receiving their first salary has been abolished. Within 6 months after being recruited, Teachers are paid their salary and all arrears, if any.
  • Abolishment of Three (3) months Salary Pay Policy: In 2015, the Incompetent Mahama introduced a policy called 3months Salary Pay Policy whereby Teachers who had work from 3 years and over were paid only 3 months salary arrears due them and declared the rest “bad debt”. At the time Incompetent Mahama brought this wicked policy, he had increased his salary by over 50% with retrospective effect. The goodnews today is that this policy has been abolished by President Akufo-Addo. And also, the government has paid almost all the arrears accrued from this bad and inhumane policy.
  • Abolish the payment of utility bills by students
  • Enhanced Teacher Motivation Package: The government of HE. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in 2019 disbursed GH¢52.6 million to SHSs and technical institutions for academic interventions and teacher motivation. The intervention covered activities such as extra classes organized by the teachers, group works for the students or any activity outside the normal classes hours aimed at improving learning outcomes.
  • Restoration of Book and Research Allowance: The NPP government has restored the book and research allowance that was canceled by Mr. Mahama and his running mate. In furtherance to this, there is a bill in parliament that will provide a secured and reliable sources of funding for research allowance of Lecturers.
  • The curricula of Colleges of Education has been updated to ensure they produce graduates that would teach the well-equipped and critical thinking population we need to move the country forward
  • The Ministry of Youth and Sports through the National Youth Authority (NYA) has built 10 ultra-modern and multi-purpose youth centers, with five thousand capacity, across the country. These facilities can be found in Wa, Ho, Axim, Yendi, Dormaa, Kaneshie, Koforidua, Nyinahini, Navorongo and Dunkwa-on-Offfin.
  • The construction of astro-turf by the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development across the country is another deliberate plan by the government to create an enabling platform for the youth in Ghana to develop and trade their talents.

COVID-19 Social Support Packages

  • Free water for all Ghanaians for 3 months (April, May and June).
  • Free Electricity for lifeline customers and 50% discount for other customers for 3 months (April, May and June).
  • Six Hundred Million Ghana Cedis (Ghc600 million) Coronavirus Alleviation Program Business Support Scheme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Tax exemptions for 6 months for Front-line Workers.
  • Additional allowance of 50% of their basic salaries for 6 months for Front-line Workers.
  • Free SHS: This year alone, the President Akufo-Addo led NPP Government is spending a whooping Ghc2.2 billion on  1.2 million children to enjoy Free Quality Education at the second cycle institutions across the country. 289,218 beneficiaries of free SHS are in the Ashanti Region. Ladies and Gentlemen, whereas the Incompetent Mahama invested heavily in dubious and corruption schemes like Bus Branding, SADA, GYEEDA etc., the Government that has the ordinary Ghanaian at heart, led by the People’s Akufo-Addo is investing billions in educating the future leaders of this country.

Roads in Ashanti Region

Ladies and Gentlemen, 2020 is a Year of Roads and I can’t end our engagement this morning without given attention to the monumental road projects being done across the country. It is incontestable that every city, town and village in this country has witness appreciable facelift given to their respective roads.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are constrained by time so I will only focus and recount the numerous road projects done and/or being done in the Ashanti Region under President Akufo-Addo.

Since January 2017, periodic maintenance projects have been awarded to the tune of GHS 898,555, 764.95 . The total road length under these projects is 200.66km.

The road projects in the Ashanti Region includes:

NO.PROJECT NAME
1Emergency Rehabilitation of Atimatim – Maase – Aboabogya Road
2Emergency Rehabilitation of Kodie – Aduman Road
3Upgrading of Banka Junction – Gyadem Road
4Regravelling of Agogo – Onyimso Road
5Rehabilitation of Adankwame – Ntesere Road
6Dualization of Dompoase Junction – Aputuogya Section of Kumasi – Abono Road(Lake Road)
7Upgrading of  Santasi – Bekwai Bypass
8Upgrading of Mampong of Mampong – Kofiase Road
9Upgrading of Kwadawso – Trabuom Road
10Upgrading of Nsuta – Beposo Road
11Rehabilitation of Effiduase – Kasaam – Asonomaso Nkwanta Road
12Upgrading of Bekwai of Towns
13Upgrading of Trabuom – Nwiniso – Moseaso Road
14Rehabilitation of Wioso – Moseaso Road
15Upgrading of Ofoase Kokoben – Adjemasu road
16Resealing of Fomena Junction – Obuasi Road
17Resealing of Konongo – Agogo Road
18Decongestion of Ejisu – KNUST Section of the N6, Lot 1
19Decongestion of Ejisu – KNUST Section of the N6, Lot 2

Conclusion

The sterling performance of President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is evident in the lives of the Ghanaian youth. This government has performed better than any other government in the 4th Republic when it comes to the implementation of policies that have far-reaching benefits in the lives of the youth.

The NPP Youth is giving the National Youth wing and the Communications Outfit of the NDC a one week ultimatum to tell the Ghanaian Youth, specific Youth-focused policies and programs that they implemented in their 8years administration and the impact it had in the lives of the youth of Ghana.

The youth of Ghana is grateful to the President, HE Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo for his visionary leadership and come 7th December, 2020, we will vote massively to give the NPP and President Akufo-Addo four more years to do more for us.

4 MORE FOR NANA.4 MORE TO DO MORE FOR YOU.Thank you.

…Signed…Henry Nana Boakye (Esq),(NPP, National Youth Organizer)

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