[ 2017-02-15 ]
Free education is possible if we stop buying V8 - Samuel Atta-Mensah
Manager of Citi FM, has refuted claims by a
section of the public; especially members of the
opposition who have doubted the implementation of
the Free SHS policy by President Akufo-Addo and
are of the view that the country has no resources
to support it.
Samuel Atta-Mensah explained that the country
wastes lots of resources on buying V8 for
officials who do not need them.
“We need to respect ourselves as a people. First
of all stop the four wheel drive purchasing, even
if we need to buy we can get a stronger one for a
cheaper price…Under PNDC what four wheel drives
were they using?”
He made this point when he served as a panel
member on New Day on Tv3 in reaction to the
brouhaha surrounding the missing 200 state cars.
He was disgusted at the rate at which government
appointees are quick to buy off state vehicles at
cheap prices, resulting in the constant purchase
of vehicles at exorbitant prices by the state.
President Akufo-Addo last week announced the
commencement of the free education at the senior
high school level from the 2017/2018 academic
Subsequently, Senior Minister, Osafo-Marfo, hinted
that government may take revenue accruing in the
Heritage Fund to the policy.
Government’s decision to consider using revenue
from the Heritage hasn’t gone down well with some
The issue of funding has left many to doubt its
The Citi FM manager, also questioned the rationale
behind providing fuel for government functionaries
at high cost to the state. According to him such
cost shouldn’t be the burden of the state.
He has, therefore, advised Ministers and all
political leaders to respect themselves and to put
an end to drying up the national coffers through
their expensive lifestyle so the country can save
money to champion development projects such as the
free SHS policy.
“This whole thing about V8 mentality, it will kill
us. Everybody wants a V8 and some of them they
have two, three and they are using it in Accra.
What is that? And it cost so much. Not even one of
them is costing us less than a hundred thousand
dollars ($100,000) and in some ministries they
have up to ten. What do we need that for? And then
the same people turn round to tell us free
education is not possible. It is possible if u
stop buying the V8.”
Source - GhanaWeb.com
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