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Free SHS, NHIS not working - Mahama


Former President and flagbearer hopeful of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama has berated the Nana Akufo Addo Government over the "poor" implementation of the Free Senior High School policy.

The former president who is on a two-day campaign tour of the Savannah Region made these remarks at Salaga South, Salaga North, Yapei-Kusawgu and Daboya-Mankarigu constituencies where he was interacting with NDC delegates.

He noted that the only legacy of the  NPP Government led by president Akufo Addo is the "poorly and hurriedly implemented Free SHS" since assuming political office in 2017.

"When you ask the NPP what they  have done for Ghanaians since assuming office, they only point to the free SHS and even with that, it is poorly implemented. You have students coming back home after staying in school for three weeks for others to eport", he criticised.

He continued, "the policy has become akin to the traffic light in Tamale which switches to green for others to go and yellow for others to stay back at home".

Mr. Mahama also chastised the government for failing to revive the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

He intimated that the scheme under the NPP administration is not living to its purpose and rallied Ghanaians to vote massively for the NDC in the 2024 general elections to revive it.

"Our time, the NHIS was working to the satisfaction of all Ghanaians but today, you can't even get common paracetamol using the NHIS. All they do is to write for you to go and buy from the pharmacy which wasn't the case during our time".


The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has slated May 13, 2023 to elect Parliamentary candidates and a presidential candidate ahead of the 2024 general elections.

It is the first time the party is conducting its parliamentary and Presidential primaries on the same day.

Former President John Dramani Mahama is being contested by Dr. Kwabena Duffour, a  former minister for finance under president Mill's regime and a former Metropolitan Chief Executive for Kumasi, Mr. Kojo Bonsu.

Mr. Mahama is tipped to win the internal contest which is set to be held on Saturday with landslide margin ahead of his contenders.

By: Ezekiel Abdul Aziz 

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