The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, today addressed the media at the Flagstaff House by answering questions concerning his first six months in office. The conference was scheduled to rant thee media the opportunity to ask the President critical questions about developments within his administration.
Present at the conference were some renowned personalities in the journalism field such as Kwesi Pratt, ‘Captain Smart’ of Adom FM, Nana Aba Anamoah of GhOne TV, Bernard Avle of Citi FM and Afia Pokuaa of Adom FM, amongst others.
Some questions were asked concerning the Free SHS policy and the grade cut-off point criterion. The president answered by saying that “the program has been spelt out in a series of public engagements. The Minister [of Education] will once again set out the modalities in some days’ time. The policy is for those who are accepted into the senior high school. There is no cut off point; get admission, benefit from the policy.”
Bernard Avle of Citi FM asked that “government has gone for 1bn cedi bond. $2.5bn, $2.4bn bond to clear legacy debt, 17.4bn cedi bond totaling 40bn cedis in six months. We have borrowed almost half of our GDP. Why are we borrowing this much? Where are our internal resources?” The Vice-President, Mahamudu Bawumia, answered by saying, “deficit was 9.4% GDP in 2016. Deficit is expected to reach 6.5% GDP which brings down the debt stock. From 2012 to 2016, government was adding 6.5% of GDP to debt stock. After inheriting 72% of GDP to debt ratio, the government wants to bring it to under 71% in 2016.”
After the conference, some journalists expressed concerns over their inability to ask follow-up questions, as each journalist present was given only one chance to pose questions to the President.
Story by: David Hanson (Diploma 1 B)