My government has borne fruits – Mahama boasts

President John Mahama has touted his government’s ability to change the lives of Ghanaians through several social interventions as he hit at critics for refusing to acknowledge the successes chalked.

Delivering his State of the Nation Address to Parliament Thursday, February 25, 2016, the President stated emphatically that most of the social interventions implemented under his leadership are bearing fruits for all to see.

President Mahama declared, “seeds sowed” by his administration within the past three years have “taken root and grown; some have now become trees bearing fruits and ripe for picking; others are approaching maturity”.

It was therefore disturbing, he indicated, that politicians are stereotyped as people who like “talking plenty” without proper assessment of whether actions of politicians are impacting directly on the lives of the people.

He however acknowledged that often times budget and other figures churn out by politicians appear remote from persons whose live they seek to improve.

But President Mahama stated that his government has ensured that policies have direct bearing on the people.

“I would like to show how we are changing lives,” he told the fully charged chamber full of Members of Parliament, ministers of state and government functionaries, members of the diplomat corps, the media and the general public.

He touched on education, for instance, which he described as “single most effective way to change life and others surrounding it”.

He touted how his government has been able to raise quality of education in the country citing the “better trained” teachers and equipping them to deliver.

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He also mentioned the commendation from the World Bank after the nation met the target of achieving universal primary education in terms of gender parity under the Millennium Development Goals.

About 54,000 children of school going age in four regions have been enrolled in school under the compulsory basic education, he said.

Some children in basic schools in deprived areas have been supplied uniforms, sandals and text books to enhance their education, he noted.

He also mentioned that about 123 out of 200 community day secondary school promised in his 2012 manifesto are “currently being implemented” with some near completion.

Source: | Ghana