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41 promises delivered in two years

The aim of every government is to bring social and economic development to its people. To this effect, political parties present plans that they intend to implement if they win power.

 

The NPP in opposition announced go-getting policies to formalise the economy and bring relief to Ghanaians. Two years on, how many promises has the government delivered?


The Free SHS policy was a major government‘s initiatives. The policy, which started in 2017, absorbed school fees of all qualified students who gained admission into public Senior High Schools and technical and vocational schools.


The average Ghanaian parent is either a low or a middle salary earner. The idea behind the FSHS policy, therefore, is to help parents and their wards acquire secondary education with ease and reduce the illiteracy rate in the country.


Ultimately, the policy will reduce streetism, teenage pregnancies, and other social vices that ‘the devil fines for ideal hands.’


Other policies that are meant to use technology to formalising the economy are the Ghana Post GPS, Digital Port System, Digitalised Passport and the process of acquiring Drivers Licence.


The Ghana Post GPS, for instance, has facilitated improved ownership of data and unique identification of properties and persons. It has also ensured the efficient delivery of services for economic development. With this system, every property in the country has an address and can be accounted for.


The government can now move to strengthen the health and safety of the public. The security agencies can easily access addresses to deal with crime. Fire-fighters and ambulance services can effectively identify properties much easier. Government agencies can use it for planning purposes. The food vendor can also use it to make their location available to their customers.


Digitisation has not only helped to formalise the economy, it has eased the stress people go through in accessing service. An example is the delay and cumbersome process in the acquisition of passport, obtaining drivers licence and clearing goods from the port.  


This new digitise passport and drivers licence system have reduced drastically the long queues witnessed at the passport office and  the Drivers and Vehicle Licence Authority while the paperless port system eliminated greatly the use of papers at the port.


The paperless port transactions have a lot of advantages for not only the customer but also the authorities. It has reduced the hectic of looking for files which delays clearance of goods at the port.  It has also reduced cost associated with papers, printers, copiers, fax, machines, and ink and toner cartridges. This has also resulted in faster way of transacting business.


Similarly the planting for Food and Job campaign was introduced to motivate farmers adopt new farming technologies and create employment avenue to the general public, especially the youth. Since this policy was introduced, the average yield of rice and maize has risen.


The introduction of cashew farming as part of the PFJ program has created employment to many as well as provided raw material to beverage factories.


When Ghana gained independence in 1957, the Founding Fathers realised that the country lacked human resources in many areas of the economy. Poverty was discouraging parents from enrolling their children in schools. When they do enrol they could not continue to the tertiary institutions. To solve the problem, the government paid allowances to students enrolling in tertiary institutions. The payment of the allowance was cancelled in the universities while nurses and teachers still receive allowance because their numbers continue to fall below demand.


But in 2016, the previous government cancelled the allowance and asked students — teachers and nurses — to take students loans. The NPP promised to restore the allowance if it won power and indeed in 2017 the allowance was restored. In the 2017/2018 academic year, 58, 000 health training nurses were paid GH₡400 per person for each of ten months of the academic year. The allowance has gone a long way to reducing the hardship of the trainee.  


These and many others promises have been achieved by the government. Among them are; National ID card system, Mobile Money interoperability, Zongo development fund, One Village One Dam, One District One Factory and One district One Warehouse programme.


The rest are creation of new regions, regulating small scale mining and ‘galamsey’ operations, rehabilitate VALCO to resume operations, Nation Builders Corps, reduction of electricity tariffs, establishment of an Office of the Special Prosecutor, restoration of discipline in the management of public finances.


With these achievements, one can boldly say that the NPP government has really put in much effort in building up the economy of Ghana.


Source: ISD (Joyce Yen)

 
 


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