The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Public Procurement Authority, Professor Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi has contended that it is only the literate population that can digest issues to influence the voting patterns during elections to deepen the country’s democratic dispensation.
“How wonderful will it appear if we get to a level where democracy in this country provides us with an opportunity to look at issues rather than to depend on GH¢5 or GH¢10 in deciding where to vote,” he pointed out.
Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi advised beneficiaries of knowledge and skills to take advantage of free access provided by Information, Communication and Technology to develop themselves so as not to be ‘deceived’ by politicians with pittance in taking decisions for them on voting pattern.
Speaking at this year’s International Literacy Day at Techiman in the Bono East Region, he said voting patterns without influence from politicians would be achieved with some level of literacy.
Commending the Ministry of Education for bringing about transformation to the Non-Formal Division and recounting the role the Department of Social Welfare and the Information Service Department played in educating a large number of the population, Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi stated that “it is important that we commend the Non-Formal Division together with the Education Ministry for the tremendous roles they played in educating the people who have not had the opportunity to be in school whilst they were young.
“We must also acknowledged the efforts being made by the management of the then Non-Formal Education Division to help a huge per cent of the youth who were running through the streets without formal education and the impact of COVID-19 as a global pandemic and come out with more technological initiatives to mitigate its impact on the economy which has disrupted almost every activity of human existence, health and education,” he intimated.
Prof. Ameyaw-Akumfi challenged the youth to be innovative in finding ways of using virtual means of doing things to benefit communities to progress, grow and develop and enhance livelihoods. –ghanaweb.com