The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) last night held a National Council Meeting to strategize ahead of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Key among personalities who attended the meeting includes President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, former president John Agyekum Kufuor, Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay and other party functionaries.
A statement released here signed by party Acting General Secretary, John Boadu outlined a number of decisions the NPP Council took to position the ruling party ahead of the next general election.
It directed party office holders who have positions in government to vacate their positions for other officers to be either appointed or elected.
The Bugri Naabu and Otiko Afisa Djaba recent feud was also discussed in which reprimanded the duo and asked them to apologize to the people of Ghana.
Nana Akufo-Addo also took advantage of the opportunity to brief the gathering about government programmes and policies being introduced including the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’, ‘Establishment of the Development Authorities’, the ‘One District, One Factory Project’, the ‘Establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’ and the sustenance of the ‘National Health Insurance Scheme’.
The party also scheduled its 2017 National Delegates’ Conference for the 25th to 27th of August, 2017 in the Central Regional capital, Cape Coast.
The meeting also approved the party’s hosting of the International Democratic Union’s (IDU) 2017 executive meeting in Accra from the 18th to 21st of June, 2017.
FIND BELOW DECISIONS TAKEN AT THE NPP NATIONAL COUNCIL MEETING ON MAY 10, 2017
The National Council of the Party met yesterday, May 10, 2017.
The meeting was chaired by Hon. Freddie Blay (acting National Chairman). In attendance were the President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Vice President Bawumia and former President J.A. Kufuor.
The meeting took the following decisions;
All Party Office holders (elected or appointed) who have second executive positions in government should vacate their Party positions for substantive officers appointed to fill in.
The meeting expressed strong disapproval and regret against the actions and utterances of the minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Northern Regional Chairman. Even though the two apologized profusely, the meeting severely reprimanded them and bonded them to be of good behaviour. They were also asked to put their apologies into written statements.
The meeting fixed the Party’s 2017 National Delegates’ Conference for the 25th to 27th of August, 2017 in Cape Coast.
The meeting also approved the Party’s hosting of the International Democratic Union’s (IDU) 2017 executive meeting in Accra from the 18th to 21st of June, 2017.
The President also briefed the meeting on the government programmes on Planting for Food and Jobs, Establishment of the Development Authorities, the One District, One Factory Project, the Establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor and the sustenance of the National Health Insurance Scheme.
The President reiterated that;
The Planting for Food and Jobs Program has already engaged 200,000 farmers and would eventually engage 2.5 million farmers. The Agriculture Extension Program has been revived and 1,200 trained officers have been engaged.
The One District, One Factory will kick off in 51 districts and launched in June 2017. Government has also set aside a stimulus package of $100 million to revive distressed but strategic and viable Ghanaian industries.
The President affirmed Government will soon retire the huge debt of ₵1.2 billion owed the National Health Insurance Providers to this major social intervention on a new course.
Legislation will be introduced in the next meeting of Parliament to establish the 3 development authorities to set the stage for the implementation of the $1m per constituency per year development programme.
Legislation will also be introduced in the next meeting of Parliament to set the Office of the Special Prosecutor as a foremost public institution in the fight against corruption.
The meeting ended with the assurance of the President that all remaining government appointments will be completed by end of May 2017.
(General Secretary, Ag.)
Source: Francis Tandoh/NewsGhana.com.gh