President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday presented highlights of the 2016 manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The President, in a two-hour presentation at the Banquet Hall in Accra, touched on government’s existing and planned investments in various sectors of the economy including health, education, the economy and the power sector.
A total of 130 promises were made in the presentation by the president
1. Expansion and upgrade of 125 existing secondary schools.
2. Additional investment in vocational and technical training (direct budgeted cost was given as $100 million)
3. Free secondary school package to be extended to at least 200,000 boarding students.
4. National Apprentice Program to reach 20% of eligible beneficiaries.
5. Multiple campuses to be set up for the upcoming Eastern Region-based University. Main campus in Somanya. Satellite campuses in multiple locations, including in the Afram Plains.
6. All 200 Community Day SHS projects to be completed.
7. Student Loan Scheme to achieve 80% coverage of College of Education enrolees.
8. All schools under trees to be cleared.
9. Two cycles of 100% increase in capitation grants for 70% of eligible schools.
10. Early childhood learning specialisation program to attract teaching trainees to cover 40% of planned 2-year official pre-school initiative.
11. Pilot of one tablet per pupil project.
12. New facilities to facilitate official 2-year pre-school initiative.
13. 25% (30% target) of all new community SHS facilities to be equipped with equipment for technical training.
14. New bureaucracy in the civil service to support newly created role of Deputy Minister responsible for technical and vocational education.
15. 12 new training schools to train technical and vocational institute instructors (initial one in Agona Swedru). [IMANI projection of 12 facilities based on benchmarking with colleges of Education situation.]
16. Fresh injection of investment into new technical universities to enhance teaching and learning of science, math, technical and vocational courses.
17. Two specialised Oil & Gas skills training institutes.
18. Three new colleges of education to ensure sustainability of quota-free access.
19. Additional investment into new medical school facilities.
20. Expand public sector hiring of graduate teachers.
21. Create a new nationwide industry-academia collaboration program to facilitate internships.
22. Build a career counselling program across the second and third cycle educational tiers.
23. Increase the number of trained midwives at the current, accelerated, rate.
24. Complete the country’s second military hospital in Kumasi.
25. Establish a maritime tertiary hospital facility.
26. Complete the Wa teaching hospital in 2017.
27. Upgrade the Takoradi hospital.
28. Establish new hospitals in several district capitals, including Salaga and Konongo-Odumase
29. Establish both a hospital and polyclinic in Adenta
30. Nearly a 100 more polyclinics in several towns (at least 5 per region), including in Bamboi.
31. Tie NHIS funding to petroleum receipts, which in a volatile oil market would almost certainly require a subsidy from the consolidated fund to smooth variable inflows.
32. Complete the upgrade all the regional hospitals, including Tema.
33. 120-bed Bekwai hospital.
34. New, national mosquito control, spraying, program
35. Additional laboratories for traditional medicines research.
36. Relocation of Accra Psychiatry Hospital to Pantang and conversion into a world-class mental health facility.
37. Strict implementation of the Mental Health Act 2012, with its resourcing implications.
38. Two more advanced psychiatric hospitals, one in Ashanti the other in the Northern Region.
39. Youth Enterprise Support program to be expanded despite absence of independent evaluation of effectiveness. Additional 100 million GHS to be committed.
40. Azumah Nelson Sports Complex to be refurbished into a new modern facility.
41. New sports stadia in Upper West, Upper East, and Volta, Eastern, Brong Ahafo.
42. In each region one of the community senior high schools shall be fitted into a center of excellence in sports. Talent developed in these facilities shall feed national sports teams.
43. Electronic card system and database to be implemented for the ‘vulnerable aged’.
44. Electronic register of all vulnerable households to be established. This will require a census program.
45. 10,000 ‘kayayei’ to be drafted into the National Youth Employment Program.
46. Vulnerable aged without pensions to be granted a bimonthly pension under ‘Eban’ scheme.
47. New free tricycles for physically challenged persons. Prototype already developed and referred to the National Federation of Disabled for assessment and approval.
48. Additional increase in the District Assembly Common Fund votes to be reserved for the disabled.
49. Free NHIS registration with pre-paid subscriptions for the disabled and physically challenged.
50. A Government multi-channel, cross-platform, electronic payments platform to be introduced. This shall make payments for all government services, taxes, levies and charges electronic on an obligatory basis.
51. A new capital markets development initiative.
52. Provisions to be made for the protection of depositors’ funds in the banking system.
53. A ‘Labour Intensive Public Works Program’ to be initiated to employ 300,000 unskilled Ghanaian workers.
54. Aggressively invest in the textiles, garments, and leather industries. Lots of interest already seen from the Far East due to the ongoing relocation from China in search of lower cost destinations.
55. Database of all Ghanaian youth and their skillsets and employers will be given incentives to recruit from the database in regional ‘National Employment Centers’.
56. Implement feasibility studies of all the Kwame Nkrumah era factories. Aboso Glass Factory to be revived.
57. Masloc loans scheme to be expanded and sustained.
58. Expand investments into SADA, including provision for more than 100,000 hectares of irrigation-fed farmland.
59. Provide stipends to selected indigents in deprived regions.
60. Afua Sutherland Children Park in Accra to be developed to match the new Rattray Park, which, apparently, is now a ‘center of tourism’ in Kumasi.
61. Complete the Kasoa Interchange
62. Build a new interchange at the Obetsebi circle area.
63. Intelligent traffic systems to be introduced. Control centers will be built to oversee traffic conditions and manage vehicular movements in major cities remotely.
64. Master craftmen to be recruited and paid to train NYEP beneficiaries. Several garage complexes in Ghana, such as those at Suame and in Kumasi, shall be the sites for these programs.
65. Revamp the Agricultural cooperative initiatives.
66. The Youth in Agric program to be aggressively boosted.
67. Storage facilities to be constructed across districts to minimise post-harvest losses.
68. Farmer Service Centers to be established within reach of the 5 million or so farmers. The first 50 of these are already under development in collaboration with SADA.
69. Every district shall host a farming mechanisation center with a minimum of 10 tractors, all equipped with the full complement of implements such as harvesters.
70. An agro-credit scheme shall be established to serve all farmers.
71. All farmers shall receive inputs on a credit basis. Repayments shall be processed post-harvest through produce purchasing boards in the districts.
72. A new plantation scheme shall be established by Cocobod to attract youth sharecroppers.
73. Two more shea butter factories in the North
74. A new Cashew Board for Ghana, headquartered in Brong Ahafo region.
75. Cotton production to be taken to 100,000 metric tons a year based on input subsidies.
76. Free coffee seedlings to be provided to all interested farmers. 4 million of these are already being nursed. 6,000 metric tons of coffee are currently being produced in Ghana. The volume of production is to increase to 100,000 metric tons as a result of this policy.
77. Cold-chain infrastructure shall be deployed across all landing sites in coastal Ghana.
78. The Ghana Industrialisation Fund and the Ghana Exim Bank shall be capitalised.
79. More cash shall be Injected into Juapong Textiles following recent investments
80. A ceramic factory is planned for Buipe.
81. The Tema Oil Refinery shall be expanded to be able to produce 160,000 refined fuel products a day. This implies a crude capacity in excess of 200,000 barrels, more than 4 times current capacity.
82. An alumina plant shall be set up in Ghana.
83. A fertiliser plant in Shama is planned, and shall be fed with gas from the ENI fields.
84. Steel mills to be established to be powered by planned energy surpluses.
85. Additional 2000 megawatts of power (80% of total current output) to be added to the grid.
86. The shipyard and drydock recently handed over to the GPHA shall be refurbished into the foremost shipbuilding and repair facility in the Gulf of Guinea.
87. A Jewellery village and gold market shall be established at Tepa in partnership with KNUST. Value addition to Ghana’s gold is planned to expand considerably.
88. 10 large-scale water treatment plants shall be established.
89. A 30-km aqueduct is planned for Damango to enable the municipality tap the water resources of the Black Volta.
90. Barbering saloons are already using rooftop solar panels provided for free by the government. More such distribution is planned.
91. First large-scale biomass gas production plant is being developed in partnership with a Norwegian investor.
92. Dualisation of all major highways is planned. The first three are Accra to Kumasi; Accra to Takoradi; and Aflao to Accra.
93. two ‘bridges’ shall be built over the Accra – Tema motorway to replace current tunnels.
94. Outer ringroads shall be developed for major towns and cities, starting with: Tema to Kumasi (bypassing Accra) and From Kintampo to Bolga (bypassing Tamale).
95. The Black Star Shipping Line shall be re-established as a subsidiary of GPHA.
96. Feasibility studies for a deep-sea port at Keta shall be completed and if positive the project shall be commenced.
97. Phase 2 of the Kumasi International Airport shall be completed. A new runway for large-body aircraft like Boeing 737 and a new terminal shall come on stream.
98. Phase 2 of the Tamale Airport shall be completed. New Hajj terminals are planned.
99. New airstrips in Bolgatanga and Cape Coast (to boost tourism) are planned.
100. Work shall be completed on the railway line from Kojokrom to Sekondi-Takoradi.
101. The existing freight railway line shall be extended to Awaso and Kumasi
102. The Boankra inland port to be completed and adorned with a freight rail system.
103. The Tema – Akosombo railway line shall be completed.
104. A Barge shall be commissioned to complement planned infrastructure for the upcoming Buipe inland water port.
105. The Northern Railway Line to Burkina Faso shall commence.
106. Suburban rail systems are planned for Accra to Amasaman and Nsawam; and Kumasi to Ejisu.
107. New bus fleets to be procured for the State Transport Company, with fifty already about to be put in service.
108. The Bus Rapid Transit system has already commenced (Amasaman to Accra buses already in place). Known as the Ayalolo Express, they shall soon cross-cross suburbia.
109. Expansion of the Metro Mass Transport fleet is planned.
110. The Ghana – Mauritius ICT Park to be completed.
111. The National ID Card program will ensure that every Ghanaian receives an ID card.
112. A national integrated identity system is to be constructed.
113. The House numbering and house addressing system to be completed. The data shall be digitalised so that Ghana can replicate the GPS model.
114. A Western Ecotourism Authority is planned.
115. Every district shall have a compacting and shredded machine for plastic waste, and regional recycling centers shall be established.
116. All public buildings, schools and facilities shall use biofilm systems to manage waste. Biodigesters shall also be installed, especially in schools.
117. All storm drains shall be kept desilted.
118. Open defecation to end by the end of the term.
119. District-wide affordable housing schemes are planned. BRRI, Habitat International, and other partners have developed technologies to keep the cost to within 50,000 GHS for a 3-bedroom house, and 30,000 GHS for 2-bedroom house. The sub-market interest rate mortgages shall be managed by District Assemblies.
120. A special rent-advance scheme shall be implemented in partnership with the banks for people with a regular, known, source of income. Below-market interest rates shall apply.
121. All districts shall have central markets.
122. A Commission of Inquiry shall be set up to discuss the viability of increasing the number of regions in Ghana to 15
123. The government will modernise the Registry of Births & Deaths. Community volunteers shall use mobile phones to register all new births in the community.
124. A new headquarters for the National Media Commission and an expanded Media Development Fund shall support media growth.
125. All vulnerable households shall receive free set-up boxes to enable the switching off of the analogue signal.
126. The Fireservice shall be equipped with high-rise fire-fighting equipment.
127. Scanners on all land borders shall be installed, and the Police shall build regional SWAT and counter-terrorism squads.
128. New remand blocks in existing prisons shall be constructed to ensure that yet to be convicted persons in custody are not contaminated by hardened criminals.
129. Kumasi prison to be relocated and converted into a medium-security facility.
130. Public hospitals to be established under the Immigration, Prisons and Fire service institutions.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/ghanadecides.com/Ghana