Free SHS beneficiaries mob Akufo-Addo in northern Ghana

Hundreds of residents, first year students from some senior high schools, technical and vocational institutions from the three regions of the north, lined up at principal streets in their respective regions to express gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the implementation of the Free SHS. The ecstatic students literally held the President’s convoy hostage on Friday when he arrived in the Northern Region for his three-day tour. They held placards with inscriptions some of which read: “We are beneficiaries of Free SHS”, “Thank you, Mr. President”, “President Akufo-Addo, the visionary leader”, “Free SHS is a blessing to Ghanaians”, “Ghana is working again”, “In 9 months, promises fulfilled”, “We need NPP in power for 50 years” and ‘We now have a competent President”.Earlier on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, upon his entry into Bolgatanga, several hundreds of Free SHS beneficiaries from the Bolgatanga Girls Senior High School gave the President a rousing welcome into the Upper East Region. On his arrival in the Northern Region, and on his way to Nalerigu to pay a courtesy call on the Nayiri, Naa Bohogu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, students from the Walewale Vocational Institute, Walewale Secondary Technical School, Gambaga Senior High School, Nalerigu Senior High School, lined up the streets of Walewale, Nalerigu and Gambaga to welcome the President. The Nayiri in his welcome address to President Akufo-Addo on Friday, 6th October, 2017, summed up the outpouring of joy by students and parents who met President. “I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude for the many good things and support you have done to benefit my people and the country at large. The government under your able leadership needs to be commended for the numerous pro-poor policies rolled out within the few months into office.Policies such as the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, free fertilizer, Free SHS, restoration of teacher and nursing trainee allowances will help reduce poverty in Ghana,” the Nayiri said. The President on September 12 launched the Free SHS policy  at the West Africa Senior High School in Accra, in fulfilment of his 2016 campaign pledge to the people of Ghana. Consequent to the introduction of the Free SHS, parents no longer pay tuition fees, admission fees, library fees, science centre fees, computer lab fees, examination fees and utility fees. Also, there are free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, for students. The Policy also covers agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level. Government has also outlined a well-thought out plan that involves the building of new public Senior High Schools and cluster public Senior High Schools.  En route to Damongo first year students from the Pong Tamale Senior High School and Savelugu Senior High School also came out in their numbers to welcome President Akufo-Addo

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