Owing to the deplorable nature of the roads, President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday flew in a helicopter to the Eastern Region to inaugurate the Takorasi Community Day Senior High School (SHS) in the Denkyembour District as part of his campaign tour of the region.
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in August 2016 dismissed assertions by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that President Mahama used a helicopter to tour the 10 regions in the country because of the bad roads.
The president’s wife, Lordina Mahama, last week went to Akwatia and Asuogyaman Districts in the region in a helicopter to partake in separate programmes as part of the NDC campaign.
Last week, Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah and some NDC chieftains also used helicopters to tour the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The roads, which the NDC government claims it is constructing, are so bad that any time President Mahama visits the region he refuses to go with his fleet of fuel guzzling vehicles but flies in a chopper.
During the commissioning of the community school, President Mahama indicated that the government views equitable expansion of access to education as important because second cycle education is a critical bridge that connects basic to tertiary education.
He said without good education, the country cannot improve its human resource base, adding that his government would fulfill the promise it made in 2012 to upgrade senior high school education.
President Mahama pledged that every eligible Ghanaian would not be denied the opportunity to access education on account of geographical location.
He noted that the expansion of educational facilities would be meaningless unless there was a collective effort and all stakeholders act as agents of change.
His five-day tour is expected to take him and his entourage to 25 constituencies in the region; and other schools would be inaugurated.
From Daniel Bampoe, Akyem – Takorase