A social commentator and pastor, Patrick Addai Boama of the
Jubilee Chapel International, Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo Region, has added his
voice to the litany of displeasure expressed by some
Ghanaians towards the distribution of free sanitary pads to deprived students
who are to benefit from the government’s scholarship initiative.
He expressed his dissatisfaction in a phone interview with
the News Hunter Magazine this morning when he was responding to issues of why
religious icons, specifically Christian leaders don’t play active politics
since they are influential, great academicians and possess qualities of good
moral values.
He explained that government’s idea is laudable and should
not be treated with contempt however expressed resentment to the fact that government’s
going to finance the initiative with a World Bank loan. He opined that government could have sourced the project with internally generated funds emphasizing first things first.
 “if we need quality
education, is this the most important thing that the children need to make
their education quality?”, he asked rhetorically.
“As a nation, some of our priorities disgrace us…”. According to
him, there are a lot of other basic needs which the government needs to tackle:
food, shelter, electricity problems (dumsor-dumsor), utility hikes and a host
of others.
He stated that, the priorities of the nation are misplaced,
and the authorities should come again. “I have learnt that they have not even
put in place a proper plan to implement the project. 
In relation to the story, nevertheless, Gladys Serwa and
Adelaide Baafi of the Twene Amanfo Senior High Secondary School hats off the
government saying “it’s a very good decision”.
Gladys explained to NHM that,there are students who stay with
foster-parents and getting money to buy sanitary pads is a problem. Some
of them use still uses the traditional way of parking clothes in place
of pads at their menstrual periods and “ I think it has a health
implication on them”.
Adelaide on the otherhand suggested, government should also extend the
initiative to their sisters in the Junior High School (JHS), as the
situation is rather rampant there.
“I recall back in JHS, most of my mates failed to show up in
class when they get to their menstrual stage”, she added.
According to her there are some occasions whereby some of them
experienced their periods unawarely and the initiative will help
decrease the number of home-staying times around this periods.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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