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Free SHS: 'You’re on right path; ignore critics' – Campbell

A Parish Priest of the Christ the King Church, in Accra, Rev. Father Andrew Campbell, has congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on some of the policy decisions he has taken since assuming office on 7th January 2017, and urged him not to be disillusioned by his critics.

Congratulating President Akufo-Addo on the implementation of the Free Senior High School Policy, Rev. Father Andrew Campbell indicated that “as people involved in providing support to several needy children to get education, we are well placed to assess the impact of such a transformative policy on most families in Ghana, and also offer some comment.”

He continued, “Please, do not be disillusioned by your critics and the implementation difficulties you will encounter. Sir, you are on the right path and do have our full support.”

Rev. Father Campbell made this known on Wednesday, 3rd January, 2017, when he paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo, at the Flagstaff House.

Touching on the President’s decision and action on illegal mining, popularly referred to as galamsey, Father Andrew Campbell acknowledged that though a very difficult decision to take, President Akufo-Addo has managed to implement it, and it deserves commendation.

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“Please see it to the very end, which includes restoring degraded environment, including the water bodies and the vegetation, and facilitating the young ones involved to get skills training and sustainable employment. Importantly, make sure that Ghana never experiences this menace again by enforcing rules and regulations without fear or favour,” he added.

Rev. Father Campbell also congratulated the President on programmes such as Planting for Food and Jobs, and the 1-District-1-Factory initiative, adding that “we are very interested in these programmes because of their employment generation potential, especially for our youth”.

The Parish Priest urged the President not to relent in his resolve to eliminate indiscipline, especially bribery and corruption from Ghanaian culture.

“We urge you not to look at persons, positions, relations and status in enforcing rules and regulations. This is the only way that the habit of discipline will be built. Additionally, Sir, as you punish wrong doing, try to reward right or honest behaviour, especially in public office. This, we believe, is a sure path to bringing about change.

“The change that Ghana needs, in our view, is about each and every Ghanaian behaving differently, and starting with those in leadership. We are solidly behind you.”

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