The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP), flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wants to keep ideas about how to revitalise the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) close to his chest because he fears President John Mahama will “steal” them.
Speaking at an NPP fundraising event in Hartford, United States of America, Nana Akufo-Addo claimed the Mahama-led administration has mastered in copying NPP’s policies such as the free Senior High School concept which was the toast of his 2012 campaign.
Nana Akufo-Addo claimed that under the Kufuor-led administration, “we were responsible for the largest social intervention in our history”, a reference to the establishment of the NHIS, adding that “it has gone pear-shaped under the hands of President Mahama.”
He assured that “we will pay a lot of attention to revitalising the NHIS. It is important that we do so, and find sustainable methods of making sure that the financing of the scheme is secure.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, however, stopped short of outlining policy initiatives aimed at securing sustainable financing for the NHIS, explaining that “I dare not say them in public, because if I do, tomorrow, President Mahama will take them as his own.
Every time I open my mouth to say something, the next day he parrots it. So I have to be careful.”
The former Foreign Affairs Minister assured Ghanaians that his government would pay particular attention to providing the basic social infrastructural needs of Ghanaians, by ensuring access to quality education and healthcare.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo; “whilst focusing on the industrial development of Ghana, which would create jobs for the masses, we cannot ignore the basic social infrastructural needs of our country.”
On the Free SHS policy, the NPP flagbearer reiterated that “we have not retreated from the policy of including secondary education a part of basic education.
We are committed to making access as wide as possible by making it free for children in our public school system. It continues to be extremely important for the development of the country.”
In furtherance of this, Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that his government would put in place measures to address the 22,000 teacher deficit (from primary to senior high school level) currently prevailing in the country.
To ensure the realisation of these policies, he explained that “we can only do so by rapid economic growth and expansion, and that has to be the way forward.
We are going to do everything within our power as a government to provide incentives for the private sector in Ghana to really take off, because that is the solution to the social and economic development of our country. That is what our party stands for and that is what we are going to do when we come into office.”
Nana Akufo-Addo committed himself to the formation of a “solid, first class government, and a new direction for the people of Ghana. We will do it not for ourselves but for the current and future generations that are coming.”