Group launches citizens manifesto for parties

Mr Joe Winful(inset) launching the manifesto.A Citizens’ Manifesto for 2017 to 2020 has been launched in Accra.

The 25-page document, catalogues 12 key areas which any government that wins the 2016 general elections should consider for implementation.

A total of 1,016 Ghanaians were sampled to compile the manifesto which contains an inventory of the concerns and wishes of citizens.

It was facilitated by the Financial Accountability and Transparency-Africa (FAT-Africa), a non-partisan think-tank, with funding support from Oxfam.

The manifesto called on the government in power after the elections to establish a “National Sanitation Authority” as a measure to address the environmental challenges confronting the country.

It said such an authority should be an autonomous agency under the Local Government Service to work with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country.

It also asked the incoming government to expand key social protection intervention programmes such as the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), Capitation Grants and School Feeding Programme, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and Labour Intensive Public Works to address extreme poverty and other human development deficits.

The manifesto urged the next government to make readily available to the public, all important tender documents for citizens to assess the basis of contract awards.

It also asked government to support business start-ups, including the creation of funding and technical support tools to ignite the engine of private sector entrepreneurial growth.

Mr. Francis Danko Asare, the Programmes Manager of FAT-Africa disclosed that the key highlights of the citizens’ manifesto are youth unemployment, good quality and purposeful education, accelerated economic growth, accelerated agricultural development, human development/pro-poor programmes, inclusiveness and equal opportunity for all and environmental protection/climate change.

The rest are improved health services for all, rapid industrialisation and tourism, quality public infrastructure, financial accountability and corruption, and transparency in governance.

He said they started the compilation of citizens’ concerns into a manifesto in April this year and people were interviewed in every regional and district capital.

Mr. Asare said Ghanaians want their governments to ensure macroeconomic stability, find lasting solution to the recurrent electricity supply, introduce measures that would place farmers in the position to afford improved technology and also venture into commercial agriculture.

Additionally, Ghanaians demand their next government to complete the National Identification Programme, institute measures to ensure the election of MMDCEs, separate the office of the Attorney General and the Minister for Justice, review the current three-tier health service delivery structure and ensure speedy passage of the Right to Information Bill.

The Executive Chairman of FAT-Africa, Mr. Joe Winful who launched the document described it as “nothing more than the voice of the people across the country” and appealed to the various political parties to read the document and strive to implement its content should they win the upcoming elections.

The Citizens’ Manifesto launch was witnessed by representatives from the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and other civil society and anti-corruption agencies in the country.

 

By Joseph Edu Archison and Dinah Twumasi

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