President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has pledged the Government’s commitment to ensuring universal coverage and access to electricity to all parts of Ghana, by the end of his tenure.
Addressing the Lawra Traditional Council, on the second day of his seven-day tour of the three Northern Regions, President Akufo-Addo said he was not happy that ‘the Upper West Region, like the two other Northern Regions, are the most disadvantaged when it comes to electricity coverage and access is concerned.’
‘This year, 2017, and next year, 2018,’ the President told the Council headed by the Lawra Naa, Naa Puowele Karbo, ‘106 communities in the Upper West are going to be connected to the national grid.’
‘The pledge I have given is that by end of my term, there will be universal access to electricity to all parts of Ghana, including the Upper West Region.’
President Akufo-Addo also announced the creation of three new municipalities in Upper West Region, including Lawra.
He told the council that the Free Senior High School policy being implemented by his Administration had resulted in an increase of more than 90,000 admissions this academic year, saying these would otherwise have dropped out at that stage of education.
The President assured that with the restoration of the Teacher Training allowances in September 2017; the Nurses Training Allowance would also be restored by October 10, 2017.
On the revival of the National Health Insurance Scheme, President Akufo-Addo stressed that his government has within nine months cleared GH¢560 million out of the GH¢1.2 billion of debt inherited from the previous government.
This, he said, had ensured that the businesses of healthcare providers did not collapse, and had also resulted in the delivery of healthcare to Ghanaians.
President Akufo-Addo appealed for the support of the Chiefs and people of Lawra for the success of his Government, whose sole aim, he said, was to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians to ensure a happy and prosperous citizens.