President John Dramani Mahama will in some few minutes deliver a speech highlighting the 2016 manifesto of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He is expected to first delve into 2012 promises government has achieved within the near four years in office as President. It will highlight Projects that were undertaken and the ones government was unable to deliver.
Mr. Mahama will then be expected to put a strong a case to Ghanaians asking for a second term in the upcoming election.
He disclosed on Sunday at the Eid-il-Adha celebration at the Black Star Square that Ghana is ready for an economic take-off in 2017.
He was optimistic the various sectors of the nation’s economy has been prepared in readiness for the take-off. Ghana will become the hub of economic development in West Africa when this is done, he said.
The State Banquet Hall which is the venue for the manifesto highlight is filled with party and government functionaries. The
- President entered the auditorium with the First Lady, Lordina Mahama and they all rise to the National Anthem.
Veep is about to introduce the President to get the programme on the way.
The Vice President has described President John Mahama as Ghana’s foremost agent of “change and transformation.”
Kwesi Amissah Arthur says under President Mahama’s leadership Ghana has seen more unparallel developments in all facets of the country.
Speaking at a ceremony to highlight the manifesto of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Arthur said lives have been transformed and infrastructure expanded under the near four years of Mr Mahama.
He said developing Ghana has been their aim because of the NDC’s “social democratic beliefs” which demands social equity in the access to social amenities.
Mr Arthur said he can understand why their opponents are bent on denigrating their achievements in the face of the truth.
“On 15 December 2015 we launch the Accounting to the People document and our opponents seek to belittle our achievements,” he said.
Their opponents, he said have argued the NDC has benefited from “more resources using nominal figures” and they have also tried to say that the infrastructural projects have been inflated, but government remains focused.
“Their behaviour is similar to their political tricks since 1992 when they accused the NDC government then,” he said.
In an equivocal tone, the Vice President said “I can appreciate the dilemma of the opposition” because they cannot stand achievements of government.
Announcing the title of NDC’s 2016 manifesto, Mr Amissah-Arthur said the word change should not be seen as a reserve of the opposition, arguing they have believed in the word more than any party in the country.
“Our manifesto this year is titled Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana,” he said to a cheering crowd.
- Based on social democratic believes in developing Ghana’s Human resource
-Over 120 pages and the President Mahama says he would read the foreword, and the details would come in Sunyani when it is launched.
Manifesto will focus on Four thematic area namely:
Putting people first; social services and human resources
Strong and resilient economy for job creation
Expanding social and economic structures; housing et al
Transparent and accountable governance
Putting people first basic education increased 26 percent in the number of educational institution
Enrollment increased to 9 million in 2016 academic year
Removal of schools under trees
Textbooks were distributed to students
School feeding increased to 1.7 million in 2014
125 people enrolled almost 97% enrollment 3% are shepherd boys et al. and government has fixed school time to be convenient so they can also go
Gender parity of 1:1 so both boys and girls will get equal access
123 out of the planned 200 planned Community High School
Building new SHS so more children can get access
Technical and vocational training investing more than $100 million
30% of the Community Day SHS will be Technical Schools
Minister for Vocational Training to increase supervision to get the needed supervision
Vocational Training would be under Ministry of Education
The Polytechnic Universities will also be learning science related courses
Rebranded Polytechnic turned into Universities so it is not seen as a dumping ground.
-Rejuvenation of cities with Tema being one
-Development of Parks
-Implement 15-year tourism development plan
-Marine development plan which will see the area for
-Provident Fund to be set up for ageing artistes to receive monthly stipend so they don’t live in poverty
- Efua Sutherland to be like the Rattray Park in Kumasi
-A film village to be developed in partnership with the private sector
- New interchange at Obetsibi Lamptey in Osu to allow the Circle traffic to flow once it is opened
-Intelligent traffic system to direct traffic
-Apprenticeship with master craftsmen to train the youth for Magazine in Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi
- Highly mechanised to entice the youth, nothing like hoe and cutlass farming
-Set up storage facilities to cut down post harvest to cut losses
-Farmers Service Centers to give seedlings to farmers, and they will also buy back the harvests
-Centres will provide loans for farmers as well
-Cocoa Board will go for plantations and it will be divided among the youth to take care of with support and sell their products to the Board
-A cashew Board with Brong Ahafo as its head
-Increase cotton production
-Reintroduction of coffee production, free seedling being nursed to be given to farmers
-Ghana to become the main petroleum hub of West Africa
-Agreement with strategic investor to release associated gas for fertiliser production with land secured in Shama
-Private factory setting up gold mines
-Steel mills and ceramic and tiles plus other heavy industry development
-Shipyard to be the foremost in the Gulf of Guinea
-Recategorising small scale mining taking out artisanal miners with a new category of medium scale and create something different for the artisanal miner
-Maximum repatriation of gold cash sold
-A jewellery production village at Tepa
- Damango cannot have water because of the water table and be playing politics with it won’t help
Yendi, Damango, Saboba et al. Water Support project
Every school and hospital must have access to clean drinking water
- Entering into the era of energy security
Sankofa field to add to gas development 300 million standard cubic feet of gas can produce 2000 Megawatts more power than Ghana needs
Roof top solar panel project will be continued so small scale workers like barbers to stay off ECG
-Biomass electricity generation plant in partnership with a Norwegian company
-Ghana to have the best network in West Africa
-The dualization of all major highway starting with Accra-Kumasi and filling the gaps with those parts that are not duel. The same will be done to Accra-Cape Coast Takoradi
- Accra-Aflao will also be done
-Cut the sod for bridge over the Accra Teman Motorway from Flower Pot to East Legon
-Another bridge from Klagon to Ashiaman
-Construction of Accra-Kumasi and Tamale outer ring roads
-Bringing back the Black Star Line with GHAPOHA
-Deep sea project construction at Keta
-Extension of the Kumasi runway so Boeing can land there
-Wa Airstrip into modern aerodrome for commercial purposes
- Aerodrome for Cape Coast for tourism
- Sekondi Takoradi to Kumasi
-Inland Port of Boankrah via Tema
-Commence work on Tema to Akosombo
- Inland Port at Buipe to also be constructed
-Complete feasibility studies and if viable construct the northern line to Burkina Faso
-Build the Amasaman-Accra by train and Ejisu-Kumasi by train
-Commission the Bus Rapid Transit soon. If successful in Accra it will be extended to other cities of Ho, Tamale, Cape Coast, etc
-Ghana Mauritius ICT Park
Provide every Ghanaian with a National ID Card
-Integrated Registration system
-Complete the house numbering and house addressing system. To be digitalised to direct cars etc
-Green Ghana project to plant trees along the road to beautify the city
-All public schools will be identified and will be made to use bio fill technology
-Constitutional review recommendation to pay Assembly men
-MMDA will be elected also as part of Constitutional review recommendation
-Set up a commission of inquiries to see to the possibility of adding other regions from 10-15.