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06.02.2006 General News

Govt will pass ROPAB - High Commissioner

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Accra, Feb. 6, GNA - Ghana's High Commission to the United Kingdom, Mr Isaac Osei, has re-assured the Ghanaian Diaspora that the Government would use instruments of legislation, popular will and its electoral promise for them to have the right to vote.

Even though the Minority would have their say in the ongoing parliamentary debate and in the subsequent vote on the Bill, the Majority would have their way, he said, adding, that was the essence of democracy.

The High Commissioner was speaking at an end of year party organised by the New Patriotic Party, United Kingdom and Ireland branch, at Tottenham in London.

Mr Osei said the Government had done much and would do much in the coming years by the Government in the areas of health, education, private sector and infrastructure development. Already, the Government had made it a duty to ensure that every child from kindergarten to JSS 3 stayed in school, according to a statement issued by the High Commission and received in Accra on Monday.

"From this year, every Ghanaian child in basic school will be entitled to a meal a day. This may not be much in an affluent society like London but added to the fact that the medium term expenditure for the year 2006 is high, it shows that the Government is totally committed to educating our young people."

On the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHS) Mr Osei admitted there were problems, which were normal with transitions, especially from a cash and carry to a modern system of health delivery. Notwithstanding these problems, coverage registration for the new scheme had been encouraging, he noted.

The Chairman of the NPP branch, Hayford Atta Krufi, who introduced his new Executives and the Council of Elders, said enough had been done by the Party for it to succeed itself in 2008 and asked members to work harder towards that realisation.

An advisor to the President, Nii Ayite Boafo urged selflessness on the part of Ghanaians abroad and commended them for their contribution to the economic development in the country through their remittances and skills.