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You claim you introduced Free SHS but you opposed us when we started – Akufo-Addo to Mahama

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on John Mahama, the National Democratic Congress’s flagbearer, to recognize his efforts in implementing the Free SHS policy.

President Akufo-Addo highlighted that when he first introduced the Free SHS policy, then-President Mahama was critical of the idea, but he now seems to want to take credit for it.

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President Akufo-Addo made this statement in response to Mr. Mahama’s claim that his administration initiated the Free SHS policy in 2015.

During a media interaction on Sunday, July 7, Mr. Mahama denied accusations that he opposed the Free SHS policy, insisting that his government had started the program.

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However, at the unveiling ceremony of Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh as the NPP’s running mate, President Akufo-Addo urged Mr. Mahama to give him the recognition he deserves if he now sees the policy’s benefits.

“This man criticized us when we said we were going to implement the Free SHS policy. Now that Ghanaians have accepted the policy, he is saying he is the one who introduced Free SHS. Have you ever heard such a thing?”

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“He indeed said that we are forgetful people. Will we forget this too?” President Akufo-Addo said.

“Today, the leader of the NDC claims he is the one who introduced Free SHS. If he introduced the policy, why did he criticize us when we intended to introduce it? He said if he had 2 billion cedis, he would not invest it in free education. If today he has seen the importance of the policy, he should give me my stone,” he stated.

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