The presidential candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, took his turn at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA’s) evening encounter with presidential candidates Tuesday evening.
Outlining the vision and strategies of the CPP, Mr Greenstreet said despite the misery the NDC and NPP have meted out to Ghanaians in the past 24 years, a CPP government promises hope and faith the economy and country.
He opined the NDc and NPP have failed to introduce progressive polices for the better of Ghanaians but the CPP will deliver improvement in the lives of Ghanaians.
“Just look around you, despite all the shouting about poverty declining, recent statistics show that 30% of the populations is poor, with 19% extremely poor. We also have a creeping urbanization, sanitation and housing crises. For example, just imagine, 53% of households in Accra is said to occupy a single room; inflations is up to 19% with interests rates at 35% and the cost of living is so, so high for the ordinary Ghanaians. Five million Ghanaians do not have access to toilets; Ghana is second in Africa after Sudan for open defecation and second in cholera after Nigeria; over 29,000 Ghanaians were affected by Cholera in 2014 and our national capital had 20,000 cases resulting in a 120 death,” he said.
Mr Greenstreet also will invest in agriculture; according to him his government will seek to make the commercial cultivation of the African tropical almond tree the backbone of the Ghanaian economy should his party win power come the November polls.
He stated that: “the price on the international market for almond oil is as much as US$ 10,000 a ton, and I am understating the price. Cocoa has never gone above US$3,600 a ton. Oil palm is currently US$800 a ton.”
“My government would mobilize two million youth to plant 32 trees per person in an eight-hour work day at 175 trees per hectare, meaning that a total area equivalent to 7,314,285.7 hectares, will be planted giving us almost 26 million tons for the whole area.”
The CPP flagbearer further noted that with such a plan in place, Ghana will not need to go begging from outside.