Headmaster Salutes President For Free SHS

Vice President and President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo has won the heart of the headmaster of Sawla Senior
High School (SHS) in the Savannah Region, where he has just ended an official
tour.

According to the headmaster, “Under the Free SHS programme, we have
witnessed improved infrastructural and logistical situation. I want to mention
the 400 capacity girls’ dormitory which was completed and commissioned in
September 2018, which is currently in use.”

Continuing, he said that “a 2,000-capacity kitchen and dining hall
complex, which is about 85% complete, will be completed by September 2019.”

On the issue of water, books and uniforms, he said a mechanised borehole
has been sunk to supply water to the school and the frequent and timely supply
of core textbooks in the ratio of one student to one textbook.” 

Supplies of free school uniforms, school cloth, house vests and PE kit
to students and improved staffing situation are also ongoing, which he
attributed to the dividends of the Free SHS programme.

The Sawla SHS headmaster stressed that “since the Free SHS policy of the
government was started by His Excellency, enrolment has steadily increased from
37% in 2017/2018 academic year to 39% in the current 2018/2019 academic year.”   

During the president’s visit to the region, he went to Daboya, Damongo,
Sawla and Yapei.

In Damongo, the overlord of Gonja, Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa Sulemana Jakpa
I, described the president as “a visionary and courageous leader.”

“You promised during your campaign that you will not be an armchair
president but you will rather go around and interact with the citizenry in
their localities,” the Yagbonwura said.

He praised the president for the government’s pro-poor policies which
are helping to fight poverty.

In Daboya, he paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Wasipe,
Mimuni Anyami Kabasagya II, and interacted with smock weavers at Daboya, who
later presented him and the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, with
commemoratory smocks.

President Akufo-Addo also interacted with students
of Sawla Senior High School, whose headmaster thanked the president for the
implementing the Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy.

President Akufo-Addo also inspected work on the district hospital at
Sawla, which is expected to be completed soon.

Yesterday, he worshipped at the St. Anne’s Cathedral in Damongo.

He urged residents of the Savannah Region to eschew chieftaincy disputes
and live as one people, as the cost of conflicts have had a devastating impact
not only on the people of the region, but on the country as a whole.

He admonished the congregation to join in the fight against the menace
of illegal mining, popularly referred to as ‘galamsey.’

He indicated further that work on the Damongo water project would begin soon, with the matter set to be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting.

From Eric Kombat Damongo



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