The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has on Monday, 7th September, 2020 launched its 2020 manifesto document ahead of the December 2020 general elections.
The Manifesto document which was launched at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) was described as the ‘People’s Manifesto” on the theme: Jobs, Prosperity and More.
The manifesto has been divided into six key areas: fixing the economy, promoting human development, providing infrastructure for growth, providing decent jobs, good governance and corruption and deepening international relations and foreign affairs.
Making the manifesto document in a simple and plain language for easy comprehension, the National Director of Research of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Alhaji Haruna Rashid Ibrahim has converted the document into a pullet points for easy readability.
Alhaji Haruna Rashid Ibrahim in a statement is asking all communicators of the NDC to go about the business of engaging grassroots voters in their respective constituencies. According to him, anyone who desires to communicate on the NDC’s manifesto should remember to be an active listener, respectful, and above all show interest in the concerns voters express.
“Demonstrate that your parliamentary candidate and JM have alternative solutions to their problems. Show them that their concerns matter to you. These are the NDC 2020 Manifesto message. Make it relevant and meaningful to your audience where they are. Speak in plain simple language. Encourage the audience to ask questions. Be consistent in your message. Show humility in your dealings with people. Respect our elders, traditions, and culture. I am very optimistic that victory is ours, in sha Allah” He explained.
Highlight the job creation and other opportunities like:
▪$10B BigPush – Only Ghanaian professionals and businesses for the supply of materials, cement, sand, sandstone, water, iron rods, electricians, plumbers, painters, security, archtects, designers, drivers, food sellers, etc.
▪Complete all abandoned projects by the NPP government – schools, hospitals, bridges, water projects, irrigation projects, etc.
▪Complete all unfinished projects started by the NPP government
▪Complete all unfinished community day schools
▪Build more community days schools
▪Build dormitories for SHS students
▪Expand school feeding program
▪Provide additional allowances for teachers, headmasters, housemasters, administrators, etc.
▪National Apprenticeship Program (NAP)
▪50% Tuition for tertiary students starting January 2021
▪Expand access to legal education
▪1 Million jobs program – 250,000 a year for 4 years
▪Guaranteed Student loans program
▪Soyayya Fund to start businesses in the Zongo communities
▪Pay monthly salaries for Makaranta teachers
▪Strengthen the Islamic Education Unit
▪Turn Turaku in Ashaiman, Accra and Mayanka in Kumasi into international livestock and cattle markets
▪Build 2 abattoirs in Accra and Kumasi
▪Build new major markets
▪Turn some districts into metropolises
▪JM has done a human resources gap analysis to expand basic services for a better coverage of doctors, nurses, radiologists, EMTs, physicians assistants, teachers, police, and other security services. Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!
▪4 months maternity leave for new mothers
▪One week paternity leave for new fathers.
▪Free sanitary pads for school age girls
▪No payment of doctor’s exam fees for victims of rape and sexual abuse
▪No taxes on sanitary pads
▪Legalize and regulate Okada
▪Lift ban on salvage cars
▪Scrap teacher licensure examinations
▪Build district police stations where none exists
▪Build district hospitals where none exists
▪Build 6 universities in the 6 new regions
▪Build 6 regional hospitals in the 6 new regions
▪Free fertilizers for farmers
▪Free health insurance for cocoa farmers
▪Build hospitals in cocoa growing areas
▪Free Primary Health Care for all
▪Pension for all including informal sector workers
▪Build new sports complexes
▪Provide funding for sporting activities
▪No taxes for micro businesses
▪Tax exemption for small and medium size business
▪Cut corporate tax rate to 15% from 25%
▪Build 2 Islamic SHS
▪Make Arabic an examinable subject at the basic school level
▪Accept and recognize educational degrees and certificates of students from Arab and Middle Eastern countries.
▪Represent Zongo chiefs on the national and regional house of chiefs
▪ Appoint imams and other clergy to district boards and municipal assemblies
▪No discrimination based on ethnicity, tribe, gender, religion, language, region, place of origin, language, etc.
▪No nepotism and friends and family government
▪Operation Sting – strong Anti-Corruption policy
▪Promote peace, harmony, unity, inclusiveness, economic prosperity for all, not just a privileged few.