NDC gives sneak peek into manifesto
The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will later on Tuesday put to rest speculations about the content of its 2016 manifesto. President John Mahama will grant a rare sneak peek into the priority areas covered by the document that will guide his second term plan.
The event to highlight the key points of the NDC’s manifesto will be a precursor to the main manifesto launch scheduled to take place at Sunyani on Saturday September 17, 2016. This sneak peek event will be graced high profile dignitaries including members of the Diplomatic Corps.
A statement issued on Monday by Joyce Bawah Mogtari, the Spokesperson of the John Mahama 2016 Campaign noted that the event, arranged as a prelude to the main launch of the Manifesto on Saturday September 17, in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region will also be attended by representatives of International Organizations, Business Associations and Youth Groups.
The statement continued “The presentation of the highlights is intended to give the public an insight into the focus areas of the 2016 NDC Manifesto. President Mahama will use the occasion to explain his vision for the next four years, and provide details of the key interventions he will be implementing in his second term.”
This paper can confirm some of the key highlights contained in the NDC Manifesto comprising main focus on the Agricultural Sector, job creation and continuation of the government’s policy of key social infrastructure to kick-start real economic growth.
The President will also highlight plans for the energy sector that will finally end the perennial energy crisis that has dogged the country in the past couple of years.
Under the power sector, the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is marked for a concessionary private management of the state-owned company to significantly improve operational efficiency to stop the power fluctuations currently termed “Dumsor”.
This is expected to give assurance to industries which have been crippled by the crisis that had prevailed in the energy sector.
Under job creation, the President is expected to highlight how his government is expected to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in his next term in office. This would be partly through the setting up of factories across the country, improving social infrastructure to generate jobs and to give the agriculture sector, massive boost that will entice the youthful population to go into Agriculture.
In total, the ruling government anticipates creating over 400,000 jobs from 2017.
No political party has yet outdoored its policies and programmes although the general election is barely three months away.
At the last general election in 2012, the first manifesto was launched in June by the Convention Peoples’ Party (CPP) which outdoored its set of policies dubbed the “CPP’s S-cube Programme to Get Ghana Working Again”. The NPP followed with its manifesto launch in late August, four months to the election.
The governing NDC released its manifesto two months later on October 4, 2012 in the Volta region, party’s stronghold.
But this year, the accusations of plagiarism have significantly forced parties to be reluctant in launching their manifestoes. This situation has starved the country of political discussions based on clearly spelt out plans and programs of these parties gunning for the Presidential polls in November.
The NDC will therefore be the first to unveil its development blue print. This will completely kill the argument by the opposition NPP that the NDC was waiting to plagiarize its own manifesto.
This paper can confirm that the NDC Manifesto had long been ready but its launch had been dogged by a lack of coherence in the schedules of key players expected at the official ceremony.
The event was originally scheduled for July 2016 following an announcement by the party’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.
The confirmation of this launch date has left the opposition NPP in a fix to explain why it was not launching its own manifesto since its original excuse for refusing to launch its manifesto is because it claims the NDC was waiting to copy from its manifesto.
It appears the NPP is not ready for the 2016 elections because while its main contender-the NDC-has officially launched its 2016 campaign, the NPP is yet to do same. The party is still battling to conclude its parliamentary primaries in certain constituencies.