The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on African countries to adopt the policy of free compulsory education from kindergarten to senior high school (SHS) as one of the surest ways to transform the continent from its current state of poverty to prosperity.
He stated that Ghana had adopted the policy because it ensured that no matter the circumstance of his or her birth, where he or she came from or where he or she was born, no child would be denied education.
Delivering the keynote address at the 58th Annual General Conference of the 160,000-member Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja, President Akufo-Addo said free compulsory education from kindergarten to SHS was the only way to create an educated workforce to accelerate the process of development.
“We must start with investing in our children and young people as the surest way to guarantee a prosperous future,” he said.
The President urged members of the legal fraternity in Ghana, Nigeria and the rest of Africa to uphold the integrity of the profession and ensure that the rule of law is upheld at all times.
“In both our countries, Nigeria and Ghana, it must be a source of pride for us that lawyers were at the forefront of the fight for liberation from colonialism. Indeed, since independence, lawyers have moved seamlessly between politics and the legal profession,” he said.
He stated that although the legal fraternity had a lot to be proud of in the role lawyers had played in trying to promote democracy, it was also true that lawyers had not always done themselves proud.
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