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NPP Manifesto Highlights (Promises) - On Growth and Infrastructure

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The NPP's 2016 Manifesto makes reference to pursuing policies that are aimed at improving the livelihood of all Ghanaians including segments of the population that seem to be excluded from developmental opportunities. There is a special mention of Zongo communities and the introduction of the Zongo Development Fund.

  • Restructuring of the Royalty Sharing Ratios with Mining Communities to increase the share of revenues that mining communities currently receive in royalty payments to 20% from the current 10%

  • Creation of a new, “Western North” Administrative Region in order to open it up for accelerated development

  • Establishment of a Coastal Development Authority (CDA)

  • Establishment of a Middle Belt Development Authority (MBA)

  • Restructuring of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA)” to the original design and mandate of the Northern Development Authority (NDA)

  • Establishment of a Zongo Development Fund to invest in education, training, improved infrastructure (targetting health and sanitation), support local businesses and community security.

  • Implement the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) under which every constituency will be allocated the equivalent of $1 million annually for developmental work

The NPP has promised to implement an Integrated Infrastructure Development Programme (IIDP). The intended financing and execution strategy will be via Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). Key components and programmes include:

  1. Establish the National Asset Protection Project

  2. Development of interconnected Roads, Railways, Ports & Harbours (RRHPs) Systems

  3. Development of an aviation hub for international & regional airlines

  4. Mainstreaming ICT in governance & public service delivery and developing ICT Incubator Hubs in various regional capitals

  5. Unlock value in uncompleted projects around the country by completing viable projects

  6. Pass legislation for at least 20% of road contracts, awarded to foreign contractors, to be sub-contracted to local contractors

  7. Completely overhaul the Western and Eastern Lines to facilitate the haulage of bulk commodities and transportation of people. Extend the Eastern Rail Line from Kumasi to Paga to facilitate transportation of goods from the North

  8. Activation of the Boankra Inland Port as a result of the operation of the Eastern Line

  9. Developing an integrated Light Rail Transit System for our major cities to connect main business districts with outlying residential locations

  10. Building a Tema-Akosombo Rail Link to tie in with a vibrant and revived Volta Lake transportation system

  11. Expanding the Takoradi Harbour to Sekondi as well as constructing a logistics centre in Sekondi

  12. Constructing new harbours at Jamestown and in Keta

  13. Building, in collaboration with the private sector, new entry points into major cities like Accra, Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale

  14. Constructing, in collaboration with the private sector, by-passes and interchanges at major intersections including Point 7, Tamale, the Tema Motorway Roundabout, the Suame Roundabout and Oforikrom Intersection in Kumasi, and the Takoradi PTC Roundabout

  15. Reducing the price of aviation fuel to match prices in the region to make our airports more competitive and domestic airlines viable

  16. Sinking at least 25,000 new boreholes and an additional 300 small town water supply systems in the rural areas and small towns. Implement a Water For All Programme to ensure every Ghanaian has access to potable water

  17. Implement Flood Control Interventions by establishing a National Hydrology Authority (NHA) which will be responsible for developing and implementing solutions to the recurring floods

  18. Completing the registration of all residents in Ghana under the National Identification Scheme within the first year of taking office

  19. Implement a quality, affordable Housing For All strategy including working with identifiable trade groups to facilitate the construction of homes for their members through the provision of the appropriate financing guarantees

  20. Fully implementing section 103 (assignment of pension benefits for housing of workers) of the National Pensions Act, 2008 (Act 766)

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