ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana says the government will leverage on the education of women and girls as a critical and strategic means of accelerating and bringing premium to Ghana’s development process.

Investing in, and increasing access to education, especially for girls, is a key driver for economic growth and prosperity for citizens, he says, adding that the government will also scale up the level of investment in education to promote the political, social and economic advancement of women and girls.

“If we are to transform the lives of our people, if we are to transform our economy from a raw material producing and exporting one, to a value added one, we need a literate population,” he said over the weekend.

“Therefore, achieving excellence in girls’ education is a must if we are to shed the evils of poverty, ignorance and disease and put our country on the path of progress and prosperity,” he added at the 90th anniversary celebration of the Krobo Girls Secondary School at Odumasi-Krobo in Eastern Region (Province).

President Akufo-Addo noted that research had indicated that the education of girls was the most effective measure that a developing nation like Ghana could employ to improve its standards of living, as it had been proven that educating girls produced considerable social and welfare benefits.

He said education was the most critical tool to influence economic growth of the country and stressed that the governments’ drive would be focused on empowering citizens with education to enable them to make informed choices which would propel the country to the desired levels of development.