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I WON’T BE DISTRACTED: PRESIDENT TELLS POLITICAL OPPONENTS

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the citizenry that the wild allegations and vicious attacks against his government by members of the opposition will not distract him from executing his vision of putting in place the measures that will speed up the nation’s transformation agenda.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the citizenry that the wild allegations and vicious attacks against his government by members of the opposition will not distract him from executing his vision of putting in place the measures that will speed up the nation’s transformation agenda.

The President gave the assurance yesterday when he addressed the issue of incessant calls by members of the National Democratic Congress for a probe into any allegation of malfeasance they make against his government.

At a media encounter at the Jubilee House, President Nana Akufo-Addo said the NDC’s attack of every initiative of the government is part of a deliberate plan to distract his administration from the smooth execution of its mandate.

In that regard, he assured the nation that he is ready to go ahead in his commitment to execute all projects and programmes his administration has set itself to carry out for the good of the people.

Drones

He cited the position of the NDC on the medical drone project government is embarking upon, and stated that he prefers “drones flying to deliver essential medicines to our people than an investment in guinea fowls that allegedly fly off to Burkina Faso without any trace.”

The President explained that the use of drones to supply essential and lifesaving medical supplies would not be borne by the taxpayer.

“This programme is not going to be run on the public budget. Corporate Social Responsibility contributions from private sector players will pay for the service,” he stressed.

“We are in the process of launching the world’s largest and most advanced medical drone delivery network.

“The four (4) distribution centres, from where the drones will be operating, will stock one hundred and forty-eight (148) lifesaving and essential medical supplies, and not only blood,” he said.

He explained that the drone delivery service would save lives, decrease wastage in the system, guarantee healthcare access for more than 14 million people nationwide, and employ over 200 Ghanaians.

“The procurement process will enable every constituency to get one ambulance each in the early part of next year. This will not solve the ambulance problem immediately, but it certainly shows more commitment to finding a solution than we have ever seen,” he added.

Free SHS

Addressing the issues of insufficient numbers of classrooms, desks, laboratories, computers and dormitories, the President said with ingenuity and innovation, Government, through the Ghana Education Trust Fund, had secured a $1.5 billion facility to help develop infrastructure in the schools.

“Parliamentary approval has been obtained, and the first tranche of this facility will be used to build more classroom blocks and dormitories in our schools to give our schools appropriate facilities to meet the demands of the 21st century,” he stressed.

“And, so, we are on double-track, and we are building the classrooms and laboratories, and gradually turning the once deprived schools into well-equipped ones. We find that paying attention to the proper management of schools means we are getting better results.”

Industry

President Akufo-Addo said Ghanaians must appreciate the fact that it is not every day and under every administration that business giants like Volkswagen, Nissan and Sino-Truck offer to build assembly plants in a country round about the same time.

This, he noted, is the outcome of the sound fundamentals triggered by his government’s prudent management of the economy, as well as the enabling environment being created for business development and growth.

“Systematically, we are also rolling out our 1-District-1-Factory policy of industrialisation.

“Thus far, seventy-nine (79) projects have been implemented under 1D1F, with another 35 going through credit appraisal by officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the financial institutions that are supporting the programme,” he said.

Under the Stimulus Package, President Akufo-Addo indicated, $237 million has been disbursed to 16 companies, with an additional 35 being considered for support.

“The process of industrialisation will be accelerated in the course of 2019,” the President assured.