July 21, 2014

The Member of Parliament for Juaboso, Kwabena Minta Akandoh has called on politicians to present the truth and not half truths when it comes to issues of national development.

The Juaboso MP who described as mischievous and unfortunate the attack on government for the intended sanitary pads meant to improve the health of student girls and ensure they stay in school as unfortunate and drawback to development.

He said he could not understand how the sanitary pad that is only one item out of 11 that falls under scholarship and constitute less than one percent of the total 156million dollars loan secured by government from the World Bank to improve secondary school education in the country. He said though criticisms are good some of the comments are in bad taste and are intended to thwart efforts of government in the distributions of the free sanitary pads. In any case, he said, the intervention is based on scientific research conducted by renowned organizations and have been tried in countries like Kenya.

According to him, there are other equally important issues that the money would be used for which are not being mentioned including building of 23 new second cycle schools, upgrading of about 75 existing SHS across the country, expansion of 50 second cycle schools among others.

What is more worrying the MP said was the fact that the new schools would come with complete facilities including 24 classroom blocks, teachers and headmasters bungalows, science resource centers , assembly hall among others.

“These facts are all available to them so I don’t know why they have chosen to make the supply of sanitary pads the focus making it look like government will be using the entire amount on that”, he added.