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Free SHS: Ignore desperate Mahama, says Bawumia

Vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says it is really laughable for former president John Mahama to claim ownership of Free SHS

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  • "There is no argument about this because Ghanaians know who implemented Free SHS and they will ignore desperate Mahama."

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has laughed off claims by former President John Mahama that he introduced Free Senior High School education.

Responding to a question during his “a case for 4 more years to do more for you” presentation Thursday, Dr. Bawumia said there is no debate about who implemented Free SHS because Ghanaians know the answer.

“It is really laughable for the former President to claim that he introduced Free SHS,” Dr. Bawumia said.

“There is no argument about this because Ghanaians know who implemented Free SHS and they will ignore desperate Mahama.”

“Ghanaian know who said Free SHS was a hoax and 419. Ghanaians know who said Free SHS would collapse our educational system and economy. And Ghanaians know who said if he had 2 billion cedis, he would not use it on Free SHS.”

“Mahama and his NDC denigrated Free SHS and campaigned against it with several adverts. Now he says he implemented it? This is really funny, so ignore.”

Mahama made the claim during his campaign tour of the Upper West Region.

The shocking claim has, however, been ridiculed variously by Ghanaians.

Some analysts have wondered what might have inspired Mahama to make such a bold claim, which is obviously false.

Akufo-Addo shocked

The man credited with conceiving and implementing the Free SHS policy, President Akufo-Addo, has also waded in.

According to President Akufo-Addo, when he promised, in the run-up to the 2008, 2012 and 2016 campaigns, “they (John Mahama and the NDC) said that I was deceiving Ghanaians, and that it was a vote buying gimmick and that for it (Free SHS) to be possible, it would take about 20 years.”

He continued, “Not long ago, he said that if he had GH¢2 billion, he wouldn’t use it to pay school fees, but rather he would use it on something profitable. Today, he says that he (Mahama) introduced Free S.H.S. Are we going to allow the former president to come back to power through lies and deception?”

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