DEVELOPMENT IN FREEDOM LEADERSHIP OF SERVICE

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NEW PATRIOTIC PARTYDEVELOPMENT IN FREEDOMLEADERSHIPOF SERVICE:Protecting Our Progress,Transforming Ghana for AllFOUR MORE TO DO MORE FOR YOUTHE BATTLE IS STILL THE LORD’S2020 MANIFESTO

NEW PATRIOTIC PARTYDEVELOPMENT IN FREEDOMLEADERSHIPOF SERVICE:Protecting Our Progress,Transforming Ghana for AllFOUR MORE TO DO MORE FOR YOUTHE BATTLE IS STILL THE LORD’S2020 MANIFESTO

(The party’s) policy is to liberate the energies of thepeople for the growth of a property owning democracyin this land, with right to life, freedom and justice, as theprinciples to which the Government and laws of the landshould be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life,property and liberty of each and every citizen.Dr. J. B. Danquah

PREFACEThe New Patriotic Party (NPP), under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, ispresenting itself to Ghanaians to be re-elected to continue to lead this country for the nextfour years, 2021-2025. We began this journey four years ago with the promise to rebuild thiscountry, fully aware of the numerous challenges that Ghanaians faced.In our 2016 Manifesto, we presented to Ghanaians our determination to tackle these numerouschallenges. We shared an inspiring vision to build a Ghana Beyond Aid. Rebuilding seemed animpossible task. There were doubts in the minds of many about our ability to overcome thechallenges.In the course of our first term in office, we have made what seemed impossible a reality. With skilland experience, we have brought the Black Star to its fitting status in the comity of nations. ThePresident’s vision of Ghana Beyond Aid has ignited the imagination of Ghanaians. With speed,we have made significant progress in restoring economic stability, improved macroeconomicconditions that affect the lives of Ghanaians and the successes of businesses, stimulatinggrowth, and providing opportunities for job creation led by the private sector, supported by amuch improved and stable banking system. We were on schedule to maintaining our momentumfor progress before the Coronavirus pandemic’s (COVID-19) major disruptions in every aspectof our national life occurred, including the tragic loss of lives.Managing the disruptions, mobilising resources, protecting citizens from a ravaging virus, andmaking sure that our progress is not derailed, have been the focus of the President, NanaAddo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Government. And it is not hard to see why Ghanaians areinvesting even greater trust in his leadership.We present to you, first, what we have delivered, and are delivering on the promises we madeto you, and second, to ask, once again, humbly, for your mandate for the next four years so wecan continue building on, and completing the work that we, together, have started.NEW PATRIOTIC PARTYDEVELOPMENT IN FREEDOMNEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP) 2020 MANIFESTOv

MESSAGE FROMTHE PRESIDENTWe, in the New Patriotic Party, fully understand the consequence of putting a signature to acontract. In 2016, we presented our Manifesto, titled “Change: An Agenda for Jobs; CreatingProsperity and Equal Opportunity For All” to the Ghanaian people. It represented a solemnsocial contract between the electorate and us, on the basis of which, by the grace of God andthe generosity of the Ghanaian people, we secured a famous and overwhelming victory.In that contract, we pledged, amongst others, to help create a society of opportunities forall, we remained committed to our belief in democratic governance and private sector-ledeconomic development, and we reiterated our firm stance as the party of the rule of law, theparty of business, the party that builds and creates wealth, and the party of social justice.In the nearly four years that it has been my abiding privilege, by the grace of God, to lead thisparty in government, we have kept our eyes firmly on these beliefs, and we have recordedsuccesses in all sectors of national life, which have had significant impact on the lives of allGhanaians. By common consent, it has been established that we have kept faith with thepeople of Ghana, by fulfilling the great majority of our manifesto promises.We have changed the outlook on education in this country; we have revived and strengthenedour healthcare delivery system; we have been busy in the delivery of physical infrastructurein all parts of the country; we have made huge investments in agriculture, with the goal ofensuring our nation’s food security; we have cleaned the financial sector mess we inherited,and have, with the active co-operation of the Bank of Ghana, strengthened the banking andfinancial sector; and we have shown that the economy of our country can be transformed anddiversified by a government of the New Patriotic Party.We have embraced the application of digital technology in the delivery of public services;we have restored the allowances of nursing and teacher trainees, that were scrapped by theMahama government; we have provided each constituency with an ambulance, a uniqueachievement in Ghana’s history; we have reduced the benchmark values of import duties by asmuch as 50%, and, in the case of vehicles, by 30%; we have put an end to the UnemployedGraduates Association, which was such a sad feature of the Mahama years, by creating NationBuilders Corps (NABCO) and several other job creation initiatives targeted at the youth; wehave systematically enhanced the capacity of the anti-corruption institutions of the State;and we have superintended over the successful reorganisation of our regional governancestructure, resulting in the creation of six (6) new regions, with strong popular support.Indeed, all our flagship programmes, be it Free SHS, “One District, One Factory”, “One Village,One Dam,” the Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, et al, have been rooted in the effortto liberate the energies of the people to grow an economy of which all the people can be part.On the global stage, the image and reputation of our country, which had been compromised,are now high again.NEW PATRIOTIC PARTYDEVELOPMENT IN FREEDOMNEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP) 2020 MANIFESTOvii

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTWhen the Coronavirus pandemic, that has wrought havoc to the lives and livelihoods of peoplein all the nations of the world, reared its head in Ghana, we took immediate, decisive actionsto contain and limit its spread, and protect the population, actions from which the nation is stillbenefitting, and, subsequently, took the equally bold decision to implement a Relief, Resilienceand Recovery plan, with the overarching aim of providing relief to the ordinary Ghanaian, andbeing able to find more resources to strengthen the productive sectors of the economy toensure sustained economic activity. Government has gone ahead to establish the one hundredbillion cedi Ghana COVID Alleviation and Revitalisation of Enterprises programme, (we call it,fittingly, the Ghana CARES programme), whose aim, over the next three years, is to stabilise,revitalise and transform our nation, through the improvement of the country’s business climate,and support for the private sector.Having achieved all these significant milestones, even in the midst of the difficulties we met,and the negative effects of the unforeseen pandemic, I am hopeful that the Ghanaian peoplewould grant the NPP another resounding victory in 2020.That is why, in furtherance of this, the programmes and policies contained in the NPP 2020Manifesto, dubbed “Leadership of Service: Protecting our Progress, Transforming Ghanafor All”, are aimed at consolidating the significant gains chalked in office, and setting the stagefor the next level of our nation’s development. I believe in the programmes that we have drawnup in our Manifesto, because they will continue the nation on the path of social and economictransformation, on which we have embarked. Indeed, they will lead to the transformation ofGhana to the benefit of all Ghanaians.We must, however, be reminded, at all times, that we are up against an opponent who isdesperate to return to power to continue the agenda of mismanaging the economy to thesuffering and despair of businesses, households and families and, by that, jeopardising thefuture of our children. We cannot afford to let that happen. We cannot, therefore, be complacent.We have to work hard for victory, regardless of the fact that ‘One Good Term Deserves Another’.So, let us make sure our message is heard loud and clear from Axim to Aflao, and from Accrato Paga. Let us go to every part of the country and spread the story of our good news; tell theyoung people about the possibilities Free SHS will present them; tell the farmers about theprogramme for Planting for Food and Jobs, which translates into enhanced income levels forthem; and let us tell the business entrepreneurs about the reduction of their tax burdens andthe improvement of the business climate, so their businesses can flourish, and they can, inturn, create jobs.Indeed, the December 2020 presidential election represents, arguably, the clearest of choicesever for the Ghanaian people to make.It bears repeating that 2020 is between the current President and the President who was votedout decisively in the last contest. It is about leadership. It is about integrity. It is about theperformances of the two men when given the opportunity by the Ghanaian people to lead. It isabout measuring records against promises. It is about which of the two leaders has shown inoffice that he knows how to manage the economy. It is about which of the two leaders you, thevoter, can trust to deliver. It is about which of the two men you can trust with the future of yourchildren. It is about which of the two leaders you know you can depend on in times of crisis.It is about which of the two leaders you believe can put in motion the necessary measures torevive and strengthen the economy, businesses, and social services, and build our country outviiiNEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP) 2020 MANIFESTO

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTof the Coronavirus pandemic. It is about which of the two leaders can implement a programmeof transformation.We, in the NPP, have demonstrated that, with the support of the Ghanaian people, we arecapable of supervising the transformation of our economy and nation that all Ghanaians want.I am confident that, together, all of us in Ghana, with the appropriate leadership, can fulfill thedreams and aspirations of our forebears, who initiated the struggle for our nation’s liberationand independence from colonial rule, and who envisioned Ghana to be a united, democratic,prosperous and happy nation, the beacon of freedom and justice in Africa and the world.Four more years for Nana and the NPP to do more for you!The Battle is still the Lord’s!!Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-AddoNEW PATRIOTIC PARTYDEVELOPMENT IN FREEDOMNEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP) 2020 MANIFESTOix

MESSAGE FROMTHE VICE PRESIDENTFour years ago, at the launch of our manifesto, we promised Ghanaians that the next NewPatriotic Party (NPP) government will place people at the centre of its policies and programmes.That the hopes, dreams and concerns of every Ghanaian will be the catalyst and guidingprinciple in our quest to make life better for all.Four years on, I am proud to say that we have delivered on most of our promises and areon course to deliver the rest, with the prayers and help of every Ghanaian, and under thedistinguished and able leadership of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.On assumption of office on 7th January 2017, we met a nation afflicted with a myriad of economicdifficulties, unprecedented unemployment, and a private sector in distress, but after three anda half years of prudent management of the economy under President Akufo-Addo, we havereversed largely the damage done by our predecessors.Despite the debilitating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have stayed true to the socialcompact we signed with Ghanaians to make life better for everyone. Our interventions in everystrata of society, in line with our policies and programmes, have been aimed at ensuring thegreater good.We of the New Patriotic Party are committed to initiating pro-poor policies and programmes tobridge the inequality gap. The NPP has distinguished itself as the best Party to lead the forwardmarch for Ghana’s accelerated development.But, we are not just building infrastructure and introducing epoch-making interventions; we arebuilding a nation.We have been committed to our social contract to providing free Senior High School education,creating jobs, transforming agriculture, industrialising the economy, sustaining the NationalHealth Insurance Scheme, digitising the economy, ensuring the public safety of Ghanaians,and keeping the lights on. We still have much more to do.The future is bright if we stay the course. That is why we are asking the good people of Ghanato give Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP “four more to do more for you!”May God bless us all.May God bless our homeland Ghana.NEW PATRIOTIC PARTYDEVELOPMENT IN FREEDOMNEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP) 2020 MANIFESTOxi

MESSAGE FROMTHE CHAIRMANOn the eve of the momentous 2016 Elections, Ghana wasat a crossroad. We found ourselves in a messy economicand social crisis due to the mismanagement, incompetenceand corruption of the Mahama-led NDC government.We asked for your mandate, and you elected overwhelminglyNana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as president of Ghana.Four years on, we have kept faith with the people of Ghana.Under the presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,Ghana is on the rise again, we are on the right path towardseconomic prosperity, and have undertaken far-reachinginstitutional reforms necessary for good and accountablegovernance in a stable and democratic society.We have delivered on at least 80% of our promises,including Free SHS and TVET, “One District, One Factory”,on infrastructure development through Infrastructure forPoverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), and on “Plantingfor Food and Jobs” among many others.When, unfortunately,