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These Are Some Of The Key Initiatives To Expect From NDC’s 2020 Manifesto Come September

Since the endorsement of John Dramani Mahama as the party’s 2020 presidential candidate, the main opposition party NPP has been taunting them for their campaign message. Due to this, the party through it’s presidential candidate, JDM has been using the social media (Facebook) to address the masses on national issues as well as what his next government will be doing for them.

However, regardless of how loud and far this strategy has gone, it appears the NPP and their commentators aren’t listening to the initiates being tabled across during such sessions. This is because they kept on asking about their campaign message at any given opportunity.

For the sake of those who genuinely don’t know what the NDC through JDM have been promising us so far, I’ve decided to share with us these initiatives. Although the NPP is trying to downplay these initiatives, I believe they are going to be the pivotal part of their manifesto come this September when the manifesto is outdoored.

Below are the list of the key initiatives as announced by Mr. JD Mahama in all his social media addresses. Check them out…

  1. The involvement of women in the decision-making process will not end at the level of Vice President. We will work towards the attainment of a minimum of 30% of all appointments going to women.
  2. We will implement a set of robust health policies and plans aimed at aggressively tackling and reducing maternal mortality by half from the current 319 per 100,000 live births.
  3. We shall ensure female socio-economic empowerment, enact the Spousal Rights Law, establish exclusive and secured shelters for abused women and children, and provide opportunities for all.

4.As a Social Democratic Party, we seek to harness the best qualities in all our people to transform the destiny of our nation. In that direction, and as the fulcrum around which our Health Policy will evolve, we will before the end of 2021, introduce and begin the implementation of a Free Primary Health Care Plan. This will make the provision of primary health care to all Ghanaians, young and elderly, FREE. Our free health care plan will guarantee a healthy people and provide the healthy workforce needed to accelerate our development.

  1. I pledge on behalf of the NDC that we shall pay within one year all who have funds locked up with the collapsed financial institutions. Within one year. I promise! We shall not put up any long-term payment plans that will further worsen the living conditions of the victims.
  2. As has been introduced in other economies, the next NDC Administration will establish a Financial Services Authority that will be responsible for ensuring that consumer financial markets work for consumers, providers and the economy as a whole.” The Authority will oversee all financial products and services that are offered to consumers, and will effectively and efficiently prevent and stop the challenges that have confronted customers of Menzgold, DKM among others.

7.We will restore Ghanaian indigenous investment in the banking and financial sector through a tiered banking structure in order to restore viable credit sources for Ghanaian SMEs. We will make amends for those whose businesses were collapsed due to political victimization.

  1. We will send all contractors with valid contracts who have been sitting at home for 4 years without being paid for legitimate work done for government back to site. We will make immediate arrangements to pay them their hard-earned monies deliberately with held by the Nana Addo administration due to politics.

9.We will build a peaceful, secure and strong economy that provides sustainable jobs through a transformed, industrialised and digital economy.

  1. We will reinforce the independence of state institutions such as the Electoral Commission, Auditor General’s Department, EOCO and CHRAJ.

11.Single sourced procurement – sole sourcing – will be an exception not the rule.

  1. In pursuance of social justice, I will vigorously push through a constitutional review that creates a fairer and just emoluments system and removes the distortions between Article 71 Office-holders and other public sector employees.
  2. We will as part of an Integrity for Development action plan, launch “Operation Sting.” Operation Sting is an anti-corruption crusade, which under my watch will involve massive, far reaching and practical governmental reforms. It will be ruthless against all corrupt political appointees and public sector workers.
  3. It will be a requirement for all who serve in my Government to publish their assets declaration and have same audited by the Auditor General.

15.Of course, the elephantine-size government of 125 ministers we have been burdened with for four years will be reduced drastically. The savings made from emoluments of reduced number of ministers and the privileges they enjoy will be channelled towards paying Assembly Members to perform the function of collecting accurate births and deaths information in their various electoral areas.

  1. Our plans include an aggressive job and entrepreneurial programme in the public and private sector; that will deliver a minimum 250,000 jobs every year. A total of 1,000,000 jobs across the country by the end of my term in office in 2024. We will put Ghanaians to work to earn a decent living.

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Meanwhile, John Dramani Mahama has also announced a $10 billion accelerated infrastructural plan, dubbed “The Big Push” which he says will drive jobs and entrepreneurial agenda when elected in December 2020.

In his own words, this is how he put it:

“We are looking at what I call the BIG PUSH, injecting some $10 billion to dualise our roads, complete the remainder of the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools, finish all the hospital projects that have been left abandoned, and construct bridges to open up the country”.

Speaking in an interview on TV XYZ, he said the major plank of his second coming as President “is to deliver jobs to our young people”. The $10 billion BIG PUSH will inject money into infrastructural development, and according to him, “it will involve the construction industry, engineering and other professionals, and will bring a lot of artisans and everybody back into work.”

Mr. Mahama who has been visiting and meeting traditional rulers and various interest groups in Savannah, Northern, Oti and Volta Regions, also announced that delivering jobs to the young people of Ghana will be a major plank of his next government. He also said “If we do not do this urgently, we have a time bomb ticking away. Every policy will be focused on creating jobs for the young people”.

The NDC Flagbearer also said his “Agenda One Million Jobs” will see the creation of between 300,000 and 400,000 jobs a year, in both the private and public sectors. “It is a very well-thought-out plan and will be the central promise of our manifesto”, he added.

What do you think about these initiatives? Are they realistic or they’re too ambitious? Do you believe he will deliver on all these promises should he get the nod come 2021?

What do you think?

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