Social intervention challenge: It is propaganda to reduce development to just health insurance and free SHS-Okudzeto Ablakwa

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Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, Samuel Okuzdeto Ablakwa has described as propaganda, suggestions by government that the introduction the National Health Insurance scheme and the free Senior High School initiatives are marks of development in the country.

‘’We ought to be very careful when we are defining what social intervention is. If you follow Dr. Bawumia’s narrow definition of social intervention, it will be an invitation to mediocrity. It is foundational for every community to have electricity. Because if you dont have electricity, how are you going to be able to live in your home? How do you even cook? Your basic life level, even someone who wants to start a business, if you give the person some money say to start a hairdressing business and there is no electricity, how does the person do it?’’ he quizzed.

According to him, Ghanaians need a change of mindset about development arguing that ‘’Just because of propaganda, we want to reduce development to just health insurance and free Senior High School meanwhile we are fully aware that if we don’t have the hospitals and health facilities, health insurance cannot work. When the New Patriotic Party (NPP) came, they have not added even one hospital to what we built. Not even one’’

In his opinion, the definition of what a social intervention is must be holistic and not what he describes as a shallow propagandist definition as proffered by the vice president saying ‘’it should be looked at in a public policy and development theory paradigm and to submit that social intervention must be the whole full package’’.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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