- President Akufo-Addo turns 75-years-old today and Ghanaians have a lot to thank him for
- YEN.com.gh gives 5 reasons why Ghanaians must celebrate their president on his birthday
Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo is celebrating his birthday today, March 29, 2019 as he turns 75 years of age.
Nana Addo has a very rich CV and, having become president, it is obvious he is living his childhood dreams.
Three years into his time in office, the president has managed to take the country to the next level by making some major strides.
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Although there is still a lot that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is yet to do, there are some campaign promises that they have achieved.
So, as Akufo-Addo marks his 75th birthday today, we take a look at five things Ghanaians should thank him for:
1. Free SHS
The Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme was one of the flagship campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Prior to the 2016 general elections, then-candidate Akufo-Addo promised to make senior high school free in order to make it possible for every child to attend school.
True to his word, the policy was rolled out in September 2017, allowing students to enrol into public secondary schools without paying fees.
Although a lack of funds has made the Free SHS programme a bit shaky, the president is bent on making it work.
2. Passage of RTI
Another major move by the Akufo-Addo administration that Ghanaians should be thankful for is the passage of the Right To Information (RTI) Bill.
Parliament finally took the decision to pass the controversial bill into law – a good 20 years after it was drafted.
Although the law is yet to be assented by the president, it is expected that that will be done very soon.
The RTI law will provide for the operationalisation of the constitutional right to information held by the public and some private institutions.
This is aimed at fostering a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs.
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3. Smooth online passport application system
Some years ago acquiring a passport was one of the most difficult things to do in Ghana, but the Nana Addo government has mitigated the situation.
Since assuming office, the NPP government has ensured there is a smooth online passport application system.
Applicants are no longer required to move to the main passport office to stand in long queues awaiting their turns.
Everything can now be done online for free, with the processing fee going for GHc50 and GHc100 for regular and express services, respectively.
4. Dumsor largely stopped
Ghanaians were battling with frequent power outages before Akufo-Addo became president, but even that has been mitigated too.
The first three years if his time in office saw the country enjoy uninterrupted power supply, without any ‘dumsor’.
Until recently – which the Energy Ministry describes as a minor problem – the problem of dumsor was non-existent.
The president, therefore, deserves commendation for the way he handled the power situation since assuming office.
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5. Creation of new regions
Again, the Nana Addo government fulfilled a promise to Ghanaians by making sure that six new regions were created.
In December 2018, a referendum was held in some parts of the Northern, Volta and Brong Ahafo regions for the creation of the new regions.
Following massive “Yes” votes, the Savannah, North East, Bono East, Ahafo, Western North and Oti regions were birthed.
It is one thing to promise, and another thing to deliver, but the president has delivered on his words and he deserved credit for that.
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