- The opposition NDC has put out a document of promises it hopes to embark on if it comes into power
- The document is entitled John Mahama's Commitment to the People of Ghana
- John Mahama is the NDC's flagbearer who will contest the NPP's Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2020 presidential election
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With barely six months to the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has outlined some promises its flag bearer will deliver on to Ghanaians if elected into power.
The NDC on Monday, June 22, 2020, outdoored a document titled, 'John Mahama’s Commitment to the People of Ghana'. The document, according to the NDC, will be undertaken by the party’s flag bearer if it wins the 2020 polls.
Addressing the media in Accra on June 22, NDC’s Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, noted that the document highlights projects the next Mahama government will carry out in the various sectors of the economy.
He also noted that the NDC flagbearer, John Mahama, in the coming days will announce some “big-ticket policies which are central to his transformational vision for this country.”
“This will include a major and comprehensive job creation policy he intends to undertake, to create millions of permanent and dignifying jobs for the teeming unemployed youth when he assumes the reins of power in 2021,” he added.
YEN.com.gh has compiled 15 of the NDC’s 40 promises it hopes to undertake if given the chance to rule the country again in December 2020.
Below are 15 of NDC's promises to Ghanaians;
1. Pay all customers of the collapsed financial institutions whose monies are locked-up in full and restore indigenous Ghanaian participation in the financial sector.
2. Reduce the size of government by at least 40 ministers to reduce government expenditure and channel those resources into the productive sectors of the economy for the benefit of Ghanaians.
3. Provide free Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) from the second cycle to Tertiary level to build the human resource base of the nation for industrial development, entrepreneurship, and job creation.
4. Institute a National Apprenticeship Programme in line with his vision of rapid industrialisation and job creation for the country.
5. Scrap the 50% increment in the Communication Service Tax to reduce the cost of telephoning and data. This will reduce the cost of living and the cost of doing business in the country.
6. Construct a regional hospital for each of the six newly-created regions and the Western Region to improve access to quality and efficient health care delivery.
7. Provide districts without hospitals with fully-equipped modern health facilities.
8. Take healthcare to the doorsteps of the people by building a first of its kind ‘Onipa Nua’ Hospital Ship and deploy it to provide medical services to the inaccessible riverine and fishing communities on the inland Volta waterways.
9. Construct two new international-standard Infectious Diseases Centers and two additional international research centers.
10. Abolish the dreaded double-track system of secondary education through an emergency and massive infrastructure drive. This will ensure a conducive environment and a one-track qualitative learning experience for SHS students.
11. Establish University Campuses in each of the six (6) newly-created regions.
12. Abolish the mandatory national service and obnoxious licensure exams for teacher trainees and restore the automatic employment of teacher trainee graduates. Let me state unequivocally that no teacher trainee graduate will be denied posting or employment under the next Mahama government.
13. Restore the automatic employment of Nursing Trainee graduates. Again let me state unequivocally, that no nursing trainee graduate will be denied posting or employment under the next Mahama government.
14. Restore the distribution of free cocoa fertilizer and chemicals to cocoa farmers to boost cocoa yield and improve the welfare of cocoa farmers.
15. Complete the Eastern Corridor roads, dualise the Aflao, Cape Coast and Kumasi roads among others.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghanaians on social media have had their say on which head of state is better at keeping campaign promises.
The comparison was made between the current sitting president and the immediate past president.
The December polls are gradually drawing near with Nana Akufo-Addo and John Dramani Mahama set to slug it out in a two-horse race.
By the time December comes, both men would have been in power for four years each and can be fairly assessed.
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