NPP Manifesto Highlights (Promises) - On Growth and Infrastructure
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:
Establish the National Asset Protection Project
Development of interconnected Roads, Railways, Ports & Harbours (RRHPs) Systems
Development of an aviation hub for international & regional airlines
Mainstreaming ICT in governance & public service delivery and developing ICT Incubator Hubs in various regional capitals
Unlock value in uncompleted projects around the country by completing viable projects
Pass legislation for at least 20% of road contracts, awarded to foreign contractors, to be sub-contracted to local contractors
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
Activation of the Boankra Inland Port as a result of the operation of the Eastern Line
Developing an integrated Light Rail Transit System for our major cities to connect main business districts with outlying residential locations
Building a Tema-Akosombo Rail Link to tie in with a vibrant and revived Volta Lake transportation system
Expanding the Takoradi Harbour to Sekondi as well as constructing a logistics centre in Sekondi
Constructing new harbours at Jamestown and in Keta
Building, in collaboration with the private sector, new entry points into major cities like Accra, Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale
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
Reducing the price of aviation fuel to match prices in the region to make our airports more competitive and domestic airlines viable
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
Implement Flood Control Interventions by establishing a National Hydrology Authority (NHA) which will be responsible for developing and implementing solutions to the recurring floods
Completing the registration of all residents in Ghana under the National Identification Scheme within the first year of taking office
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
Fully implementing section 103 (assignment of pension benefits for housing of workers) of the National Pensions Act, 2008 (Act 766)
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