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17.11.2008 Politics

Dr Bawumia goes back to school

By The Statesman

The saying "there is no place like home', came readily to mind as Mahamudu Bawumia visited the premises of the beginning of his literacy.

The nostalgia which one experiences any time they visit or see school children from their former schools revisited itself with all the thrills it brings when the New Patriotic Party, vice presidential candidate Mahamudu Bawumia visited Sakasaka Primary and Tamale Secondary Schools where he started his education some years back.

During his tour of the Tamale Metropolis, Dr Bawumia visited these schools to experience at first hand current conditions.

His first point of call, was the Sakasaka Primary, where he interacted with the head, teachers and school children of the school who took turns to explain their problems to him and his team.

The NPP's number two man promised to take personal interest in the school and made a donation of footballs and an amount of GH¢1000 for a Christmas party for the children.

He advised the students to be obedient to their teachers since they hold the key to their success.

He also told them to take their academic studies serious and bear in mind that, no matter where they started school they could make it in life.

From there, Dr Bawumia took time off his busy schedule to interact with students of Tamale Secondary which is also his alma mater, where he told the students about the difficulties he had in school, because there was no electricity and running water at the time he was there.

'These difficulties not withstanding, all the people who were in this school during my time and in class worked hard and many of us, if not all, have all reached higher heights in what ever agenda we decided to pursue', he noted.

The vice presidential candidate also visited the Nurses Training College at Tamale where he articulated some of the feats his party has achieved in the health sector, including introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme and the number of health posts which have been constructed in the country.

He also mentioned that health professionals in Ghana are the second best well paid in Africa, coming right after South Africa.

But, 'Though we have chalked much successes in the health sector within the short period we have been in office , much needs to be done, that is why we have decided to offer special allowances for health personnel who get posted to rural areas so that we can have a decentralised health system at all levels,' he added.

'Human capital is key to the development of this nation that is why we are not dealing with just health posts and hospitals, we will also improve sanitation and water problems of the country so that people will not always fall sick and just attend hospitals or clinics, because if that happens then we will have problems' he further added.