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Free SHS Is The Beginning – Dr Bawumia

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated categorically that the implementation of government’s flagship free Senior High School (SHS) policy is just the beginning of many good things in the country.

According to him, the policy would benefit all Ghanaians, irrespective of their political affiliations.

He reiterated government’s committment to fulfilling its campaign promises to create an enabling environment for all Ghanaians.

Speaking at the grand durbar at this year’s Asogli Yam Festival in Ho, the Vice President disclosed that the NPP government had rolled out many policies in just eight months.

“Within the last eight months, we have stayed current on payment to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), District Assembly Common Fund and all other statutory funds. Just last week, the President launched the Free SHS, which is going to benefit everyone and this policy is just a start not the end.

“We have launched the ‘Planting for Food’ programme to give agriculture a boom, we have removed taxes, we have launched one district, one factory programme,” he stated.

He said government would begin the payment of the allowances teacher trainees this month while the payment of nursing trainee allowances would begin in October.

Dr Alhaji Bawumia also indicated that government would from next month launch a National Digital Address System, adding that “this system in my opinion will be the best address system in the world.”

According to him, it’s a unique address system that will adequately cover all landmarks even in the remotest part of the country, adding that it would change essentially the country’s economy and make governance easy in the country.

The Vice President also expressed government’s commitment to completing the Eastern corridor roads, which is a major issue for the people of Volta and Northern Regions.

The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State and the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, commended government for implementing the free SHS policy, stating that education is the most effective weapon against poverty.

He also commended government for the fight against illegal mining (galamsey) and corruption, as well as the industrialisation drive through the one-district, one-factory policy.

For these policies to be successful, there has to be effective planning, which would ensure that the necessary controls are in place to minimize abuse, he added.

Togbe Afede, who is also the President of the National House of Chiefs, reiterated the commitment of chiefs in the Volta Region and the country to playing an active role in government’s quest to develop the country.

Nigerian Wins Komla Dumor Award (PHOTO)

A journalist from north-eastern Nigeria has won the third BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

Amina Yuguda is a news presenter on local network Gotel Television, where she has reported on high-profile news stories, including the Boko Haram insurgency.

She will start a three-month placement at the BBC in London in September.

The award was created to honour Komla Dumor, a presenter for BBC World News, who died suddenly aged 41 in 2014.

Ms Yuguda said her win was a "huge honour".

"I was overwhelmed with joy. Storytellers have always had an important role in Africa... this is what defines us. Today journalists are taking on that responsibility."

She impressed the panel with her story-telling and her ability to convey complex ideas in a way that resonates with a wide audience.

She is excited to work at the BBC, given her understanding of the corporation's impact among pastoralists in her hometown, saying in her application:

"With little or no formal education, my countrymen can hold their own in a variety of topics, including the Trump presidency in America, North Korea's defiance, Russia's foreign relations under Putin, and more."

BBC World Service Group Director Francesca Unsworth said Ms Yuguda was a worthy winner:

"To find someone who possesses many of Komla's qualities is something for us to celebrate, and we are very excited about working with Amina."

Previous winners of the Komla Dumor Award were Ugandan news anchor Nancy Kacungira and Nigerian business journalist Didi Akinyelure.

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