In as much as the 40-years development plan by the National Development Plan Commission (NDPC) is in play, a series of consultation is expected to hit the doorstep of major stakeholders and the marjority of Ghanaians within the communities to ensure a better understanding of its importance.
Consultations are expected to hit the country through regional and the district levels, which includes chiefs, traditional leaders, community elders, the Assembly members, political parties representatives, Queen mothers, teachers students and the ordinary Ghanaian.
The commission just ended its regional consultations in the Upper east region of the country after the Kumasi consultation in the Ashanti region and will follow with other regions and expected to come to a close at the end of December this year.
Overwhelmingly, reports say the process has been responsive and attracted contributions and comments and has triggered patriotism and participation across the world.
In an interaction with the media, in Accra, the Director General of NDPC Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, said the commission is on the verge of delivering its utmost best to ensure the sustainability of the plan.
He disclosed that as 2021 falls within the period of the medium term development plan, policies has been factored into the plan to fit in the medium term as well, adding that the 40 years plan was strategically worked out to meet the country’s 100 years anniversary which falls on 2057 after it gained independent in 1957.
Hopefully, 2018 is the year set to kick start the implementation of the plan and ends 2057.
He stated that the commission’s regional consultation is embedded with two representatives from all political parties to assist in some policy making.
However, “the good thing is that political parties have pledged their bid to support and I think that marks a good progress” he said.
In addition, he pointed out that attitudinal change is expected from all levels of the Ghanaian populace to as a matter of fact help in the sustainability of the programme
Touching a bit on the plan, he disclosed, the plan of city networks, which is to ensure the coordination of cities development, infrastructure development, and the National Impact Plan, which is under preparation, includes key elements such as mobility, connectivity, utilities, facilities and financial strategies.
He further stated that the NDPC’s annual program report will ensure monitoring during the process.
Report by Simon Agbovi