04.02.2005 General News

Kufuor's address is a message of hope - Dan Botwe

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Mr Dan Botwe, Minister of Information, described the address as" a message of hope" which would accelerate the growth and development of the country.

He said the President's address laid a lot of emphasis on health and education, " which shows the progress we have made in the National Health Insurance Scheme and the restructuring of the educational system".

Mr Botwe said the new educational structure would benefit JSS dropouts who would receive Government support for a one- year apprenticeship programme, free of charge in any trade of their choice.

'Such programmes forms part of the governments human resource capacity building, which will go a long way to speed up development."

He said Government would pursue its programme of good governance and fight corruption in all forms by improving the budgetary support to organisations such as the National Commission for Civic Education and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice.

On the claim by the main opposition National Democratic Congress that there was nothing new in the address, Mr Botwe said, "it is baseless... The NPP was the first to establish a starch factory and export its products".

Mr Felix Owusu-Agyapong, Majority Leader, said the address dwelt on hope and unity, which was an ingredient for progress and development.

He said Government had shown its commitment to provide accommodation for the people by involving both the private and public sectors to provide housing units at affordable prices.

"Our critics are surprised at the able manner the President has been running the economy. We know how to do our researches".

The majority leader hinted that the house would begin the debate on the speech next Tuesday.

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