The US ambassador to Ghana, Robert Porter Jackson on Sunday January 28, engaged with Journalists in the Northern regional capital Tamale, to discuss issues relevant to the development of Ghana and ways of strengthening the bond between the two nations.
Adressing a questioned asked by Might FM’s Yaro Ismail on achivements chalked by his outfit after two years of his appointment, Ambassador Porter Jackson said, his office is making significant differences in the educational and health sectors of the country. According to Mr. Porter Jackson, the US distributed about three million text books in eleven languages to all public primary schools across the country. He added that, over ten thousand primary teachers have been trained to help students excell in their examinations, which over the past decades have been a hurdle for them. “In education, I think we are making difference, we have distributed three (3) million textbooks including English to the public primary schools in Ghana. Every public primary school has got some of these books” Ambassador Porter Jackson stated. He said the US “have also trained over ten (10) thousand teachers. You all know the exam results, you all know the children in general are not doing well even though Ghana has managed to bring the bulk of children to school. So our focus have been at raising the level of achievement and I think we are making progress.”.
Speaking on health, the US ambassador said 13 CHPS compounds each, will be built this year alone in the Northern and Volta regions. He intimated that “millions of dollars of drugs have been donated to the Central Medical Stores to partially replace drugs that got burnt or stollen during the central medical store fire.”
On the challenges facing his administration in Ghana, Ambassador Porter Jackson mentioned change in government and large size of the Akufo Addo’s administration as some of the challenges.
” I believe the change in government slowed down our momentum. I think that this 2018 , we are in a position that we can move faster. I think that it is still difficult to work with 110 ministers and deputy ministers. A smaller government to me is much more efficient.” Says Ambassador Jackson.
Before his appointment to Ghana, Ambassador Jackson served as the U.S Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs and had also been the U.S Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon among others .
Story by: mightfm/Yaro Ismael