The Presidential Candidate of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Dr. Foster Michael Abu Sakara, on Tuesday laid out his visions, plans and strategies for governing Ghana should he be elected to lead the nation, come December 12, this year.
Speaking on a platform mounted by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Accra for presidential candidates of political parties with representation in Parliament, the CPP presidential hopeful promised to create between three and four million new jobs in his first term in office if he gets the nod to become Ghana’s next president.
In a 20 minute speech, Dr. Sakara, an agronomist, dwelt at length on CPP’s Job creation formula for the youth through skill building for industrialization, patriotic service and Job creation in Ghana’s mainstream economy.
He said his administration would solve the unemployment issue in the country through targeted state investment in agriculture, manufacturing and infrastructure as well as complementary private sector investments.
“The state will own shares in such investments but not manage them where the private sector has the inclination and greater competencies”, he said, adding that the policy and regulatory environment would be adjusted to give the domestic based entrepreneurs a competitive edge in key areas such as agriculture, agro-processing, manufacturing, tourism and ICT.
Dr Sakara said the CPP, under his presidency, would create a society where no one would have any anxiety about the basic means of life, work and shelter, and where there would be no poverty and illiteracy.
He said: “We’ll create a society in which disease is brought under control and its educational facilities provide all children opportunities to fully develop their potentialities.”
Other issues he touched on were the building of an integrated sugar cane industry; poultry and animal husbandry investment targets; expansion of the oil palm industry; cocoa; manufacturing and associated infrastructure; and the establishment of fertilizer plant with associated infrastructure.
He also outlined the party’s policy for construction of a network of roads to form a national grid system to link the eastern and western corridors at the coastal, mid-belt and the most north.
According to him, the CPP was determined to make Ghana the pinnacle of Africa's achievements and to demonstrate that Africans could manage their own affairs. “CPP will ensure the state plays an active role in investment and job creation in the country.
“There shall be six-month military training for all 18 year-olds to ensure discipline and patriotism. Pupils who fail in the BECE will be given a lifeline under CPP leadership in vocational training.
“CPP will ensure District Chief Executives are elected and will also make sure that the 40 per cent quota for women appointed into public offices is respected and the Vice President will have responsibility for monitoring and evaluation under a CPP leadership,” he said.
Dr Sakara pointed out that commitment, dedication and selfless leadership would be needed to take Ghana to its rightful place and a CPP President in 2013 is ready to provide all that.
He said a CPP government would optimize the use of inland waterways for bulk transportation of goods; expand and establish an Export Free Zone at the Buipe Port to accelerate development of the inland port and its growth.
On housing, Dr Sakara said a CPP government in 2013 would embark on an initiative to systematically provide affordable one to two-bedroom houses in serviced estates throughout the country.
“A total of 50 houses per district will be built every year with additional 500 to 1,000 units per municipal authorities depending on the population concentration; an estimated 35,000 housing units will be built per year with option for increased units.
“High content of local materials will be used in this project,” Dr Sakara stated.
He revealed that a CPP led administration would initiate interventions to fully exploit the human resources capital of more than three million Ghanaians living and working abroad.
“A CPP government under my leadership will work to allow dual citizens to participate fully in all aspects of national life. CPP will not treat our own people as second class citizens by depriving them of certain rights of their national life.
“CPP will seek amendment to the constitution to allow dual citizens to fully participate in all aspects of our national life at every level,” Dr Sakara stated.
Touching on mining, the CPP Flag bearer said a CPP government would renegotiate all agreements in the mining and extractive sectors to provide maximum revenue to our treasury, adding that such negotiations would also take into account the more equitable sharing of dividends after private sector investors have recouped their initial capital investment.
The CPP Flag bearer also explained issues on gender; empowerment of communities; labour; managing the national budget; and issues on foreign affairs.
Dr Sakara noted that a CPP government will take bold and necessary measures needed to turn around the national condition through targeted interventions to prepare the country’s human resource base adequately to achieve the required skills and work ethics.
He urged Ghanaians to vote massively for the CPP for a purposeful
change that would offer them a successor generation to lead the nation.
The IEA organized Evening Encounter was attended by leading members of the National Democratic Congress, New Patriotic Party, Peoples National Convention, Convention Peoples Party, Civil Society Organizations, Academia, Media Practitioners, and traditional rulers.
The next of such encounter is expected to be held on July 17, at which the Presidential Aspirant for the People’s National Convention, Mr. Hassan Ayariga will be featured.