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My gov't fighting to eradicate poverty not just reducing it - Prez. Akufo-Addo at UN General Assembly

By Mutala Yakubu
President Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo
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President Akufo-Addo says his government is fighting to eradicate poverty in Ghana and not just to reduce it.

The President was speaking at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

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According to President Akufo-Addo, "it is probably right to say that those of us, who live in countries generally referred to as developing countries, get somewhat bemused by arguments and complicated definitions of poverty. For us, poverty is a daily reality that we live with and feel, for far too many of our people are burdened with it, and it robs us of the dignity that should be the inherent right of every human being. We know that our performance as governments will be judged by how successful we are in reducing and eventually eradicating poverty in our countries.

The responsibility is ours as individual sovereign countries not only to aim at reducing poverty but, actually, to create prosperity for all our citizens. We, in Ghana, certainly are engaged in fighting to eradicate poverty from our country," he added.

The President then went on to say his government has made sure poverty is no longer a stumbling block to the access of education of Ghana’s children, as a result of the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy in September 2017.

He said: “I am glad that we are now able to say that education in the public sector is free from Kindergarten to Senior High School, which we have redefined as basic education. This initiative has resulted in a significant increase in pupil enrollment, with 1.2 million children currently in Senior High School, the highest in our nation’s history.”

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, the President will travel to Toronto to honour the invitation to participate in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian branch of the New Patriotic Party.

He was accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen; Minister for Planning, Prof. Gyan Baffuor and officials from the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.

President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.