Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has served notice government will deal with anyone undermining the smooth implementation of the flagship Free Senior High School programme.
He condemned the stealing of resources meant for Free SHS beneficiaries, promising those behind such acts will be brought to book.
“I want to see sterner actions taken against such persons, particularly those who decide to divert or steal resources meant for the FSHS programme,” Dr Bawumia noted at the 50th anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Nana Boakye Tromu III as Omanhene and President of the Duayaw Nkwanta Traditional Council in the Brong Ahafo region Saturday.
“What is rather sad and disturbing in the implementation of the FSHS policy is the desire by some Ghanaians to make sure the programme fails. In the last few months of its implementation we have had reports of deliberate attempts by some individuals ranging from matrons, heads of institutions, and others attempting to circumvent the regulations and stealing materials intended to benefit the children who are in their care. This is an unacceptable,” Dr Bawumia stated.
According to him, actions to curb the situation should not just end at the doorstep of naming and shaming but also with prosecution, where applicable. Touching on the genuine challenges confronting the programme, the Vice President said, government had taken note of the problems “and is working feverishly to address them and by the Grace God, Ghanaians will reap the benefits in the very near future”.
Touching on unemployment, the vice president reaffirmed government’s commitment to tackle the situation head on saying, “we are working hard and coming out with policies that will
create more sustainable jobs for our youth”.