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We have remarkable records on social policies than NDC-Dr. Bawumia

Source:savannanews24.com: Hamza Lansah Lolly/Prince Addo:

The Vice President of Ghana, H.E Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia said that NPP has a remarkable record when it comes to formulating policies that would cater for the poor and vulnerable in Ghana than the NDC.

According to him, policies such as the NHIS, LEAP, Zongo Development, Free SHS, NYEP, School Feeding Program and others are some of the social intervention policies implemented by the NPP administration to cater for the poor and vulnerable.

“The NPP has a remarkable record, it is a remarkable record. After all, it is only under the NPP that you will see the National Health Insurance, the National Youth Employment, Metro Mass Transit, the LEAP, the School Feeding, Free Maternal Care, restoration of teacher and nurses’ allowances, Zongo Development and so on”. He said

Dr. Bawumia was speaking at the launch of the 2018 Policy Summit held at UDS International Conference Center in Tamale today.

The 4th National Policy Summit under the theme “Assessing Government’s Flagship Programmes” was organized by the Ministry of Information.

The two-day event is a major flagship programme of the Ministry of Information and a public-private initiative by UMB. The summit is designed to bring together policy makers and business leaders to explore mutually beneficial ways of achieving Nation’s objectives.

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Dr. Bawumia emphasized that of all, there was obviously no social intervention policy implemented by the former administration under the NDC that was sustainable.

He added that the NPP government is not going to be distracted by the accusations from the opposition.

“Can anyone here recall the social intervention policies that the NDC implemented that have been sustained? What are the social intervention policies that the socialist government of the NDC implemented?” He asked

H.E. the Vice President also announced that very soon the One District One Factory (1D1F) and One Village One Dam initiatives will be implemented, with some already started in parts of the Northern Region.

Read below excepts of the Dr. Bawumia’s speech:

 

“We rightly criticized the NDC for reckless borrowing. Interestingly, they are also criticizing us for borrowing but they don’t see the difference. While the debt to GDP ratio increased from 32% to 73% under their government, it has reduced from 73% to 64% under our government in the last 18 months. And this is the first time since 2007 that we have seen a reduction in the debt to GDP ratio. At the same time we have reduced the annual rate of debt accumulation substantially.”

“In fact, we should recall that the NPP under President Kuffour left office with Ghana’s rating at B+. After 8 years of NDC economic management our rating went down from B+ to B and then to B-. Thank God Ghanaians got rid of them. After only 20 months of NPP governance under Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, we have been upgraded from B- to B, hoping to upgrade to the point where President Kuffour left us.”

“I will like to note again that over the last few months the US dollar has strengthened against many currencies globally: 1. Argentina – 50.2%

  1. Turkey -42%
  2. South Africa – 19.2%
  3. India – 11.2%
  4. U.k – 4.29%
  5. Ghana – 7%

In this context the exchange rate of the cedi to the US dollar remained relatively stable when compared with movements in other currencies against the US dollar. The reason for this is because of the relatively stronger fundamentals.  According to BOG data, the cedi exchange rate increased from GHC 1.1/$ at the end of 2008 to GHC4.2/$ as at end 2016.”

“Please, I want you to just listen carefully. The NDC took the cedi exchange rate from GHC1.1/$, to GHC2/$ (doubling the nominal rate) to GHC3/$ and GHC4.2/$! (Close to a quadruple increase). Let’s count: 1, 2, 3, and 4! They were not even on double track on the exchange rate, they were on quadruple track!”

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I know the NDC does not want us to compare records and I don’t blame them. If I had a record like theirs I would also like to hide it. We will however continue to compare the record while striving to do much better than they did as we are doing.”

“Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I know and share in the sentiments of the Ghanaian public that macroeconomic stability is however not sufficient. It has to translate into the well-being of Ghanaians.

  1. In the last few days I have been visiting residents of a few villages in the three northern regions such as Mangu, Kologo, Kubore, Yagaba, Napkanzoo, Kpasenkpe, Tongo, Sineisi. Many people there don’t know what GDP, exchange rate, fiscal policy, monetary policy, Standard and Poor’s ratings, etc are. All they want is to be able to have good drinking water, toilets, fertilizer, insecticides, good roads, ability to send their children to school, good healthcare, electricity, telephone network, some money in their pockets and so on.

“Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I know and share in the sentiments of the Ghanaian public that macroeconomic stability is however not sufficient. It has to translate into the well-being of Ghanaians.

  1. In the last few days I have been visiting residents of a few villages in the three northern regions such as Mangu, Kologo, Kubore, Yagaba, Napkanzoo, Kpasenkpe, Tongo, Sineisi. Many people there don’t know what GDP, exchange rate, fiscal policy, monetary policy, Standard and Poor’s ratings, etc are. All they want is to be able to have good drinking water, toilets, fertilizer, insecticides, good roads, ability to send their children to school, good healthcare, electricity, telephone network, some money in their pockets and so on.

“Thankfully, our focus in government has not just been restoration of macroeconomic stability. Here are some of the major policies the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is implementing that go to the core of the aspirations of Ghanaians”

“FREE SHS

On the socio-economic front, the President Akufo-Addo Government has eased the burden of hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians and invested in the future of our children.

Free SHS – First time the whole of Ghana is enjoying Free SHS

  1. Free Meals (Both boarding and day)
  2. Free boarding accommodation
  3. Free textbooks

The Free SHS in 2017 provided over 90,000 additional teenagers an opportunity to get senior high school education and improve their opportunities for work in the future.

In 2018, as a result of the innovative double track system, we have been able to accommodate 181,000 more students who otherwise could not have access to secondary education. So far 96% of students have been placed.”

“Apart from building a strong human capital for the future there are immediate cash benefits to the parents. In practical terms here is a list of savings for first year SHS and TVET student:

 

  1. For a parent with a Day SHS student the saving is GHC 1,075.41
  2. For a parent with a Day TVET student the saving is GHS1,175.41
  3. For a parent with a boarding SHS student, you save GHS2,015.22
  4. For a parent with a boarding TVET student you save GHS 2,115.22
  5. And over a 3 year period a parent with a boarding SHS student would have saved nearly GHS 5,534.43 (or about 55 million old cedis). The savings is about 110 million old cedis if you have 2 children going through the free SHS.”
  6. If you are a small business person or a trader, this is substantial savings that can be invested in your business without having to take a loan from the bank.
  7. The Free SHS is therefore not only helping to educate our children, but is also helping families to save and use that savings to invest in small businesses.”

“SCHOOL FEEDING

  1. We increased the school feeding programme from 1.6 million children to 2.1 million children, and also increased the amount spent on each child by 25 percent.

EXPANDING LEAP

  1. In the area of LEAP, we have added more than 150,000 households to the programme thereby improving their livelihoods.

 

OTHER SOCIAL INTERVENTION PROGRAMMES

o.. We have increased the share of the DACF to persons with disabilities from 2% to 3%

  1. We have doubled the Capitation Grant (From GH¢4.5 to GH¢9.0)

o .We have Restored Teacher Training Allowances

o .We have Restored Nursing Training Allowances

o . And most importantly, we have reduced Electricity tariff – 17.5% for households and 30% for businesses”

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, when it comes to policies to protect the poor and vulnerable in Ghana the NPP has a remarkable record. After all, the NPP is the party of:

  • NHIS
  • NYEP
  • Metro Mass Transit
  • LEAP
  • School Feeding
  • Free SHS
  • Free Maternal Care
  • Restoration of Teacher and nursing training allowances etc.
  • Zongo Development Fund, etc.

 

Can anyone recall the social intervention policies that the NDC has implemented that have been sustained? No wonder they don’t want us to compare records.”

“ONE DISTRICT-ONE FACTORY (1D1F)

The One district, One Factory policy initiative is an important step to rural industrialization.  A factory may be small and simple, but it is an important step towards transforming the structure of Ghana’s economy from one that depends on production and export of raw materials to a value-added industrialized economy. A simple, small district factory with the right support and entrepreneurial skills can grow to become a big factory which can provide high-paying jobs, and improve the living standards of the people in the rural areas.”

ONE VILLAGE ONE DAM POLICY

The One Village One Dam policy is aimed at ensuring all-year-round farming in the three Northern regions while at the same time ensuring food security and helping fight mass north-south migration.

We are desilting old dams and building new ones, especially in the three regions in northern Ghana, to facilitate community-owned and managed small scale irrigation facilities across the country. Access to water guarantees stable income for farmers throughout the year.

ONE DISTRICT, ONE WAREHOUSE

Ladies and gentlemen, in order to ensure all year-round food security on sustainable basis, improve the marketing of agricultural produce, and to protect what we have worked so hard to produce from pest infestation, we have successfully launched the policy of One District, One Warehouse and we are carrying out its implementation smoothly.”

“THE NATION BUILDERS CORPS

President Akufo-Addo also launched the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO). The programme provides jobs and training to unemployed graduates, improve their skills and employability, improve public service delivery, improve on government revenue mobilization, provide needed infrastructure to improve access to basic public services.

So far, over 140,000 successful applicants were interviewed across all 254 districts and placements are on-going for the successful 100,000 Nation Builders Trainees.”

“FORMALIZATION OF THE ECONOMY THROUGH DIGITIZATION

We have also been aggressively pursuing the agenda for financial inclusion and economic formalization through digitization. Tomorrow, at the Euromoney Conference, I will highlight in details the efforts government has made so far in this endeavor. Here are a few of the reforms we have undertaken in the formalization process.

  1. National ID Cards
  2. Digital Property Addressing​

iii. Digital Drivers licenses and vehicle registration.

iiii. Mobile money payments interoperability

  1. Digitization of land registry
  2. Passport Applications

vii. Rural telephony sites for broadband access. NDC 78 sites in 8 years. NPP 161 sites in 18 months serving 500 communities. 200 sites by end of 2018”

“PORT REFORMS

Our ports remain important national assets and we must manage it to improve trade and to the benefit of all Ghanaians. Our government has introduced reforms at the port to improve port efficiency. Among others, we introduced the Paperless operations at the ports and goods can be cleared within 3 days. There have been challenges, but we are on course to make our ports competitive along the West African coast.”

“PLANTING FOR FOOD AND JOBS

Planting for Food and Jobs programme is exactly what it is. Let us feed ourselves, protect ourselves from famine, and also create jobs and improve livelihoods. The PFJ initiative has been providing improved seeds, subsidized fertilizers, and free extension services to participating farmers. It is also helping farmers introduce technology in agricultural practices (E-agriculture). From its beginning in 2017, the PFJ programme has engaged over 200,000 farmers and this is expected to increase to 500,000 by end of this year. “

“NEIP

​​$100m committed to support small businesses

  • Business Support
  • Access to seed capital ranging from GHc5,000 to GHc100,000 per business at an interest rate of 10 %. Under this program 1350 businesses are receiving a total GHC50 million in just 20 months.”

“Mr. Chairman, Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

  1. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has only been in office for just 20 months. The government has not finished its agenda but we can say that significant progress has been made on our flagship policies. What is incontrovertible is that without the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, there will be
  • No Free SHS
  • No restoration of teacher training allowances
  • No restoration of nursing training allowances
  • No Zongo Development Fund
  • No Planting For Food and Jobs
  • No National ID Cards
  • No Digital Address System
  • No paperless ports
  • No Development Authorities
  • No One District One Factory
  • No One Village One Dam
  • No One District One Warehouse
  • No NABCO
  • No NEIP
  • No strong macroeconomic fundamentals
  • No Rehabilitation of VALCO
  • No $2 billion innovative infrastructure financing arrangement with Sinohydro
  • No steps to establish integrated bauxite and aluminum industry
  • No mobile money interoperability
  • No reduction in electricity prices
  • No Change in the driver’s license applications
  • No Special Prosecutor on Corruption
  • No revival of Ghana’s railways
  • No transparent allocation of Ghana’s oil blocs”

Source:savannanews24.com

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