The Founder and Leader of the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG), Mr Percival Kofi Akpaloo, has applauded the government for taking bold steps in implementing new initiatives such as the free Senior High School (SHS) programme among others.
The position of Mr Akpaloo in describing the government’s initiatives as bold, according to him, came from the weak financial kitty the government inherited from its predecessor but which notwithstanding, it was able to implement the free SHS programme.
“Whereas the implementation of the free SHS is not bad, looking at the situation they found themselves in when they came to power, it was a bold step because there was no money in the system. And we were also under the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” Mr Akpaloo stressed.
That decision taken by the government, in the face of an unfriendly economic environment, Mr Akpaloo said, was a massive decision worthy of praise and emulation.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic on the performance of the government two years into its four-year term, he said another laudable initiative of the government was the ‘One-district, One-factory’ (IDIF) programme, a policy which, according to him, was going on well leading to the springing up of more companies.
Mr Akpaloo said he was aware of about 20 or more companies that had been able to secure funding from the Exim Bank of Ghana, saying: “I am aware and I have seen. It is a good thing and a timely intervention.”
Mr Akpaloo was of the conviction that the 1D1F initiative was a veritable opportunity for creation of jobs for the teeming population of young Ghanaians who lacked employment opportunities and had been constantly waiting for the government to provide them with jobs.
His take on the Planting for Food and Jobs was that the bountiful harvest of food by the country’s farmers, leading to an abundance of food and, therefore, the exportation of the excess, was ample proof of the fact that the programme was on track.
“If you come to Planting for Food and Jobs, they are on track because at the moment, you can see that there are only a few complaints about the cost of food in the market. It is manageable and there are a lot of foodstuffs in the market for people to buy.
Source: Daily Graphic
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