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‘Workers better off under Akufo-Addo’

A member of the Communications team of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Eric Amoako Twum, has stated that the lives of Ghanaian workers have been a lot better under the Akufo-Addo-led government than they were under the John Mahama-led administration.

This he attributed to what “social policies” of the government, which he explained saved workers’ money.

According to him, government’s Free Senior High School programme, the Nation Builders’ Corps (NABCo) and other interventions have gone a long way to lessen the burdens of the Ghanaian worker.

Speaking on TV3’s New Day Wednesday, Mr. Amoako claimed the NPP government stands out when it comes to dealing with issues affecting the Ghanaian worker.

He said the president has shown commitment in almost all the challenges confronting the public sector and that he is dealing with them.

“You have a worker who now has the opportunity of sending his ward to school without paying school fees, that is significant,” he stressed.

“You have a child who has finished university 3,4, 5 years and is unemployed and is a burden on the family… that child is benefiting from NABCo, NEIP,” he added.

These, he said, are “pragmatic practical policies that actually impact people positively”, emphasizing “the average Ghanaian worker is much better off than the one that we actually inherited”.

With specific reference to issues of pension, the former deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Exports Promotion Authority (GEPA) accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of doing “absolutely nothing” to address them.

But Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tamale North Constituency, Alhassan Alhaji Suhuyini, contested that even though parents may not be paying school fees, they still incur unexpected costs.

He claimed some parents have had to rent places for their wards and buy mattresses for them while in school.

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