Audio Attachment:The President, Prof John Evans Atta Mills says President Rawlings is not a pain in the neck and he criticizes from a position of experience. He also hints that government is streamlining the NHIS before implementation of the proposed one-time premium payment.
The President, Prof John Evans Atta Mills has expressed satisfaction about the achievements of his government within its first year in office. According to the president most of the huge challenges which faced his government within the first year have been addressed thereby paving the way for the economy to take off.
President Mills made these remarks today when he interacted with Editors of Media Houses on his 1st year in office at the castle today.
He cited the reduction of inflation to the current rate of 16%, increase in capitation grant commencement of the free school uniform programme and decrease in armed robbery in the country as some of the achievements of his government.
Responding to a question on the one-time premium payment for the NHIS, President Mills hinted that government is streamlining the NHIS before implementation of the proposed one-time premium payment.
“The proposed one-time premium payment is feasible but a good foundation is needed to make its implementation effective...some mess have been identified with the NHIS which are being addressed and when that is resolved, it will surely take-off,” he stated.
Ex-President Rawlings. In spite of his constant criticisms of the Mills' administration, the President, John Atta Mills says President Rawlings is not a pain in the neck and he criticizes from a position of experience.
Some have wondered if the former President’s constant criticisms of his governing style were a bother, but the President in the clearest voice and strongest signal to his detractors, told journalists that he is comfortable with Mr. Rawlings’ concerns.
He said Mr. Rawlings criticizes from a position of experience, having been Head of State for 19 years, and therefore sees no problem with that, adding that “President Rawlings is not a pain in the neck.”
“He toiled very hard to bring peace and stability to our nation. There is no head of state who has more experience than President Rawlings. So he has every right to criticize and to make suggestions and I welcome them and I will continue to welcome them…President Rawlings is welcome because he is coming from a position of experience. I worked with him and I know what he is capable of…He has more experience; I belong to his party so it is not a problem at all. He will never be a pain in my neck,” he stressed.
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