Minority: Pres must clear air on funding free SHS

Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minority leader

Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minority leader

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus in Parliament has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to come clean on the intended funding source for the free Senior High School (SHS) policy.

The demand of the NDC followed an earlier communication by the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, that the policy would be funded with the Heritage Fund.

That was refuted barely 48 hours after by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta, who was categorical that the “government was committed to financing the policy without looking at the Heritage Fund”.

This, the NDC said was the early warning signs of the administrative clashes that should be expected under the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration.

In a statement issued in Accra on Friday, the minority caucus said “the statements of these top two ministers  clearly shows that there is total confusion in the new administration as to how their campaign promises will be funded”.

Signed by Mr. James Klutse Avedzi, the Deputy Minority Leader, the statement said “it is not clear which of these two top ministers of the NPP government is speaking the truth. The conflict of roles that the Minority members of Parliament warned against during the ministerial vetting is now evident”.

According to the Minority, there was the need for the President to “clarify the true position of his government” on how to fund the policy.

“The Minority wants him (President) to tell Ghanaians whether his government will use or not use the Heritage Fund for the free SHS education,” the statement stressed.

The Heritage Fund, established under section 10 of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act of 2011, Act 815, is a strategic endowment reserve, which receives nine per cent of the country’s annual petroleum revenue, established to “support the development of future generations when Ghana’s petroleum reserves have been depleted”.

By Julius Yao Petetsi                

 

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