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23.10.2008 Politics

We'll eradicate illiteracy in Ghana - Bawumia assures Ghanaians

By The Statesman

 The Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Mahamudu  Bawumia, has reiterated that a Nana Akufo-Addo led government  will do everything within its power to ensure that education up to the secondary level is totally free, as a means of totally eradicating illiteracy in the country.

He said it was only through education that the country could achieve the much talked about middle income status.

Speaking to a large crowd of party faithful and sympathizers who thronged the Bogoso and Gwira areas in the Western Region to welcome him during his campaign tour of the region, he said the country could rapidly change it fortunes if it was able to do away with illiteracy.

"Countries like Singapore and South Korea which gained independence within the same period as Ghana, have chalked much successes in their socio-economic lives  because they have been able to totally eradicate illiteracy from their system', he observed.

'If  we want to be like them and pride ourselves as pace setter in the sub-region, then we must work hard to reduce and eventually wipe out illiteracy in our country; and an Akufo-Addo led government will do whatever it takes to achieve that', he further stated.

Dr Bawumia indicated that education must be free for all to access. 'It should not be for only a chosen few who come from rich family backgrounds,' he asserted, and called on Ghanaians to buy into the vision of the NPP to make it a reality.

According to him, without attaining the necessary and basic educational status, people will not be informed enough to assess possibilities and opportunities that are or might be available to them.

 The running mate to Nana Akufo-Addo, flagbearer of the NPP, noted that once people are educated some minor difficulties that are often given attention to will cease, and that more attention can be focused on more relevant issues.