The chief expressed his admiration yesterday when Dr Bawumia paid a courtesy call on him ahead of his tour of the Mampong and Sekyere areas on the second day of his Ashanti Regional tour.
The Mamponghene hailed the Vice-President’s economic competence, saying it has complimented the leadership of President Akufo-Addo and impacted positively on the country.
“Vice-President Bawumia depicts knowledge and conviction. He is an expert in his area of specialty, economics,” Daasebre Osei Bonsu II said.
He added: “When you meet professionals who have specialised in their fields of work and they do their work so well, you have to doff off your hat and salute them. One of such people is my younger brother Vice-President Bawumia. So let us applaud him.”
The Mamponghene said Dr Bawumia has proven that his entry into politics, as President Akufo-Addo’s running mate and now Vice-President, is not merely for politics, but one which is beneficial to the nation.
“He is not working with President Akufo-Addo just for the sake of politics. He is making an impact. Whatever he says is useful. It has substance and it is very truthful. Mr Vice-President, go on. Continue your good work,” he stressed.
The Mamponghene also commended the Akufo-Addo government for the development projects in his area, and requested a university to be established in Mampong.
Meanwhile, Dr Bawumia has said the NPP government’s Free Senior High School policy has significantly increased female enrolment for secondary education in the country.
Speaking on Wontumi FM in Kumasi yesterday, Dr Bawumia explained that the introduction of the Free SHS policy has ended a disturbing trend which saw the education of many females from poor families being truncated in favour of sponsoring a male child due to lack of funding.
“The introduction of Free SHS has solved many social problems. One of them is the improvement on enrolment for the girl child,” Dr Bawumia said.
“Prior to the introduction of Free SHS, there was this situation of families who couldn’t afford to pay fees of all their children normally sacrificing the females in order to mobilise money and concentrate on the male child. This situation left the girls behind and many of them ended up as house girls. It was all because parents could not afford to pay all children and the family would decide to sponsor the male and drop the female,” he added.
The Vice-President said the policy was well thought out by “the compassionate Akufo-Addo”, who brought it to give all children from Ghana free access to secondary education to alleviate the suffering of parents.
“President Akufo-Addo is a compassionate leader and the Free SHS policy was meant to build an educated population by giving all children from every part of the country, regardless of the social and economic status of their parents, free access to secondary education. It has solved many problems such as lifting financial burden off parents and improving enrolment, especially female.
“Now people find it difficult to get young girls to be their house girls. Almost every JHS graduate is going to school,” Dr Bawumia said.