Ghana has no room for negative thinkers - Bawumia


Dr Bawumina Ghana has no room for negative thinkers - Bawumia

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, 2012 vice Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has reacted sharply to the continuous pessimism of the ruling National Democratic congress with regard to the NPP’s pledge to make secondary education free, saying that in Ghana’s quest to build a modern and first class society, there is no room for pessimists who are not ready to think big and act boldly in the interest of Ghana’s future.




Dr. Bawumia said this at a forum organized by the Bolgatanga Polytechnic chapter of the Tertiary Education Confederacy (TESCON) of the NPP on Saturday.

Speaking to a charged audience of hundreds of youths in the Bolgatanga municipality, the NPP Vice-Presidential candidate said “We are going to take major decisions and tackle major issues. We are going to place the future of the youth at the forefront of economic transformation in this country. Our aim is to build a modern industrialized economy. Any country that has industrialized has taken deliberate methodical steps towards that direction. To build this economy, we first have to empower the youth, we have to educate the youth and make sure that the youth have the necessary skills and this is why the NPP has decided to prioritize education and make SHS free.

In moving forward towards this modern industrialized economy, we have no place for negative thinkers, we have no place for pessimists. What we need are bold, decisive leaders”, he said.

Dr. Bawumia stated that it was undeniable that Ghana was in a globally competitive environment, competing with various states across the world for a space to grow its economy, create jobs and develop and said in such a global environment, Ghana could not afford to be found lagging behind especially in the area of skills and education because that is what it would take to make Ghana globally competitive.

The NPP Vice-Presidential candidate said that the goal of making Ghana globally competitive and building a developed society was seriously hampered by the fact that money continues to determine who gains access to education especially at the higher levels.

“If we don’t eliminate money as a barrier in education, we would have a problem and we are already having a problem with the hundreds of thousands who fall off the educational ladder each year and that is why the NPP, under Nana Akufo-Addo, has decided to make education free to the Secondary school level”, he explained.

In responding to the NDCs argument on infrastructure, Dr. Bawumia said he was bewildered by that argument of the NDC. He reiterated the point that the NPP was not only talking about free education but was also very committed to providing the needed infrastructure to support the program and all other resources needed to prioritize education holistically. He noted that it was for this reason that the NPP had promised to build 350 new secondary schools within the first four years and to expand facilities, as well as construct new facilities at existing schools.

Dr. Bawumia challenged the NDC’s argument that all infrastructure must be ready before a programme can be initiated and questioned why the same NDC did not wait to provide even a significant fraction of the needed infrastructure for a university before establishing two new universities.

“When Nkrumah introduced free education in the north, the whole of the three northern regions had just one middle school. In that same regard if Nkrumah had said without infrastructure we are not making education free, President Hilla Limann would not have happened and certainly President John Mahama would not have happened, so why are we standing in the way of the younger generation?” he asked.

From: NPP Communications Directorate



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