The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Dr. Mensa Otabil, has emphatically stated that he does not believe in the much touted free education policy that has characterised the electioneering campaign.
“I don’t believe in free education,” Dr. Otabil stated in a sermon over the weekend. “I said pay me well my due and let me have the joy of paying my own child’s school fees so that my child is not a property of the state.”
He said: “He’s my own child and I have the dignity of a father to pay for my own child. When my child grows up I say I paid your fees.”
Free education has become the centre of political debates and campaigns ahead of the December 7 elections with the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) being the main proponent whiles the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) argues quality is most essential since the constitution guarantees free education for every child.
However, Dr. Otabil has told his congregation “nothing is for free” hence he does not believe in those promises.
He said: “Nothing is free, you are paying for it. Only you are being told you didn’t pay. How do you pay for it? Through taxation. Who pays the taxes? Me.”
“If someone tells you anything is free, ask them what is the quality? Because if you don’t know the quality, don’t take it free.”