- Bridget Otoo has challenged claims that the free SHS was solely started under Akufo-Addo
- She argued that former President Mahama bequeathed the policy to President Akufo-Addo
- Akufo-Addo implemented it in 2017
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Outspoken media personality, Bridget Otoo, has questioned claims that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo started the ‘Free Senior High School’ policy.
Speaking on Starr Chat on Wednesday, Otoo said the pro-poor education policy was not started under the president.
“Free SHS is a fantastic legacy not just for Nana Addo, but for Ghana. He didn’t fully start this, he implemented it,” she told host Nana Aba.
It will be recalled former President John Dramani Mahama in the runup to the 2020 general elections claimed the policy commenced during his administration.
During the three-day campaign tour of the Upper East Region, he said he started the policy in 2015, despite public knowledge that the initiative was the flagship policy of the NPP.
A major campaign promise by the then opposition leader, President Akufo-Addo, the free SHS policy was launched in 2017.
A little over 400,000 students benefited from the policy in its first year of implementation.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, Otoo painted a grim picture of President Akufo-Addo’s legacy in the fight against corruption.
Ghana reportedly loses close to US$3billion to corruption annually.
Appearing on Starr FM’s personality profile show, Starr Chat, the former TV3 reporter did not mince words when she expressed dissatisfaction with the president’s commitment to fighting the scourge.
She said in response to a question from the host Nana Aba that the president is “leaving a tattered corruption legacy.”
According to the media personality, when she meets the president, she will reach out and shake his hand “and tell him to sit up. Sit up, you are  and should leave a better legacy.”
Already, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi stated that President Nana Akufo-Addo has no credibility in fighting corruption.
“I am afraid to say it is in tatters,” the co-founder and Executive Director of Afrobarometer told Accra-based Citi FM as reported by YEN.com.gh earlier.
According to him, the president’s anti-corruption credibility had been in tatters for a while but the removal of Daniel Domelevo as the Auditor-General “puts a nail in the coffin.”
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