Since the 1992 Constitution came into effect, governance of our nation has been dominated by two political parties—the NDC and the NPP.
These two parties have not been able to implement policies and strategies to significantly reduce poverty and suffering of the majority of Ghanaians.
In our opinion, the NPP cannot hide behind the evidence-based incompetence of the administration of President John Dramani Mahama by mounting the moral high ground to accuse the NDC of lies and propaganda.
The NPP’s “Real State of the Nation Address” presented by Nana Akufo-Addo was nothing but a cacophonous rendition of criticism bereft of real solutions.
The PPP had expected the NPP to have used the dictates of the Constitution under the Directive Principles of State Policy to right the wrong promoted by President Mahama in Parliament.
The Constitution is clear in what it prescribes: “The President shall report to Parliament at least once a year all the steps taken to ensure the realisation of the policy objectives contained in this Chapter and, in particular, the realisation of basic human rights, a healthy economy, the right to work, the right to good health care and the right to education.” Nana Akufo-Addo failed to add value to this agenda.
The NPP failed to tell Ghanaians how they will tackle corruption when elected into power. They failed to proffer real solutions to the many problems that the NDC have bedeviled Ghanaians with. Nana Addo eloquently described the precarious nature of joblessness among the teeming youth but failed as usual to proffer practical or real solutions to reverse that trend.
Moreover, a few solutions offered were all copied or culled from the ten (10)-point agenda of the Progressive People’s Party such as the Election of MMDCEs, Separation of the Attorney General’s Department from the Ministry of Justice and Fixing the National Identification Authority. The Progressive People’s Party welcomes the NPP’s decision to associate itself with some of our key policy position. However, as long as they are copying from us, we wish to suggest their adoption of other important policies:
1. Provide Quality Education for Every Ghanaian Child. Standardize school facilities from kindergarten to Senior High School with libraries, toilets, classrooms, kitchen, housing for teachers, playground, etc: and Ensure free and compulsory education in public schools from kindergarten to Senior High School (including computer training). We will deploy an “Education Police” to enforce the compulsory aspect of our policy. An integral part of this objective will be an objective to significantly increase vocational training so that all school leavers gain employable skills.
This will include a comprehensive sports programme to instill discipline and promote better health.
2. Strengthen Parliament to perform its legislative duties effectively. Sponsor changing the Constitution to abolish the provision that allows Ministers of State to also serve as Members of Parliament. We believe that this move will make available for governance a large pool of qualified, experienced Ghanaian talent whose expertise is currently unused and therefore lost to Ghana. This we will aim to complete in one term of office. Concurrent with this objective will be a solid determination to give Parliament the facilities and resources needed to pass good laws and scrutinize the proposals submitted by the Executive effectively.
The Progressive People’s Party invites Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP to join the PPP for a real crusade to rid parliament of elected members who are masquerading as legislators but in reality using the chamber as a waiting period for appointment into the executive. .
The poor state of Ghana is partly due to successive administrations’ refusal to give power back to the people to elect their own District Chief Executives for effective decentralisation and grassroots development. The over concentration of power in the hands of the executive has been a huge problem facing this country and the NPP cannot pretend not to be aware that that is the cause of gargantuan corruption and gross mismanagement that has manifested in the failures of President Mahama’s administration today.
The PPP remains the only political party in Ghana with real solutions to our problems. Ghanaians must be awake and choose the PPP in November 2016.
Source: Mohammed Ahmed