By Adu Koranteng
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has embarked on a road-show in the newly created Oti region to promote its developmental agenda to the good people.
The mission also aims at engaging the good people of Oti, on what the NPP Manifesto has in stock for Ghana and for Oti Region.
Speaking at a town Hall meeting yesterday, the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Richard Ahiagba, said the NPP is committed to the provision of free Wi-Fi, hospitals and driving Ghana with the Transport Sector Recapitalization Project.
“NPP is committed and working to keep your money safe with the financial institutions, make Ghana the center of global business, extend electricity power to the entire population, accelerate road infrastructure, assist Ghanaians especially, the youth with rent assistance, create job opportunities for the youth and all who seek employment, ensure that the no guarantor students’ loans system is efficiently implemented as well as the Ghana Accountability for learning Outcomes (GALOP)
He said the engagement was important to enable the NPP expose the alternative manifesto of the NDC which has been t crafted just to canvass vote and not build a nation or to lift Oti Region to her rightful place. “The NDC and Mahama are engaged in promising everything and anything in their plot to canvass vote, but by their fruit we know the NDC especially, under former President Mahama, cannot deliver,” he said.
“Remember their failure to deliver one time premium after they sold us as a sure banker. Remember, the most egregious of all is the NDC promise to build 200 community day secondary schools in their 2012 Manifesto. In that Manifesto they promised to aggressively expand infrastructure including classrooms, dormitories, laboratories, and teachers’ accommodation in existing secondary schools absorb the increasing number of qualified candidates,” he noted.
“But like the one-time premium promise, the NDC under former President Mahama failed to deliver and that is why Free SHS student have had to endure double-track, while President Akufo Addo undertake to expand school infrastructure to comfortably accommodate our student,” he said
According to Mr, Ahiagba, NPP’s agenda to transform Ghana for all, starts with education. “In the next Akufo Addo government will strengthen Free SHS to enhance the human capital of Ghana. Free SHS is the game changer for Oti, because through education and the grace of God, we are able to accelerate the development of the region by building its human capital. This future has been provided for by the NPP by ensuring that students access loan without the burden of a guarantor. In essence, the dream of the vision of Free SHS will become manifest in the next NPP administration with easy access to university. This has the capacity, to lift the vast majority from poverty”.
Linked to building the human capital of Ghana is the $219 million Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcome known as the GALOP. He said GALOP would top the existing capitation grant to provide to improve standard of education for 2.3 million children in low performing schools. The program will impact in excess of 76,000 teachers.
“Today, the banking sector has been cleaned up thanks to the patience and endurance Ghanaians especially, the depositors. The NPP has promised to firm the reforms to guard against recurrence of future collapse. The President has demonstrated his commitment to ensure a strong functioning banking by paying all depositors. Every customer of the banks and savings and loans have been paid, and cost Ghana a total of 21.6 billion to clean up the mess former President Mahama created”.
“Oti Region like all the new regions will benefit from the NPP’s agenda 111 and districts without hospitals. In the next 4 years, the NPP will build 6 regional hospitals, construct 100-bed hospitals in 101 districts build 2 new psychiatric hospitals as well as infectious disease centers “.
According to Mr Ahiagba “the difference in this election is clear. Unlike the other manifesto on offer, the NPP’s 2020 vision is anchored in its time-tested drive to public policies that liberate the energies of the Ghanaian people toward wealth creation and progress for all. That is why, through it transport sector recapitalization program, commercial transport operator would be able to trade their aged vehicles in to obtain financed new made in Ghana vehicles.
“While will not legalize Okada, we will work with all young people currently riding Okada—to transition in decent paying jobs because with Ghana strides towards becoming the global center of business given, the Headquarters of the Continental Free Trade Area. In addition, the opportunities exist for Okada riders who elect to stay in the transport section to take advantage of the transport sector recapitalization program to own vehicles”.