President Akufo-Addo returned to the Jubilee House Accra to continue work after an 8-day tour of 3 regions covering 42 main stops. That brings to 14 the number of regions visited so far.
In a press briefing in Accra on Monday, The information Minister Hon.Kojo oppong Nkrumah Said the President’s tour in the Bono, Ashanti and Eastern Regions afforded him an opportunity to witness at first-hand the progress of work in these regions on his administration’s flagship programs. The tour also afforded him an opportunity to hear directly from citizens, interest groups and traditional rulers who gave him valuable insights into what they make of his administration’s delivery so far and what more they will want him to focus on.
Key issues that engaged the President’s attention on his tour were Education, Infrastructure and Agriculture.
On education, the President was impressed with the delivery of the Free SHS program and was particularly happy to see all three streams (forms 1,2,3) benefit from the program. He was happy to see the progress work on dormitories and classroom blocks which are aimed at ending the double track system once fully completed. The President is highly expectant that excellent results from the first batch of beneficiaries in June 2020 will put the critics of the program to shame.
Honourable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah laid emphasis on the Planting for Food and jobs program, where literally all the areas the President visited gave positive feedback on it and in particular requested government intervention to cover other crops like cashew. The President has committed to ensuring that his team in Parliament push for the passage of the Tree Crops Bill when Parliament resumes in October to allow the necessary institutional support for Cashew and other tree crops to be fully rolled out. Cabinet has already given policy approval for the passage of this bill.
Finally, on Infrastructure, the President had opportunity to interact with Ministers, Consultants and contractors working on key projects such as roads, warehouses, Youth Development centers, an airport, educational institutions and Agric Centers. He has admonished those behind schedule to get on track while urging his ministers to ensure those owed are promptly paid. The Finance Ministry has in response outlined how it plans to make over 1 billion cedis in payment available with immediate effect in fulfilment of its commitments.
The President returned to his office to resume work and is expectant that work on both his flagship programs as well as projects will be completed with dispatch.
Plans for the final two regions Volta and Greater Accra will be announced in Due Course