Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), H.E John Mahama, has said his next government will provide opportunities that will create wealth for all Ghanaians.
The former president who was speaking at a town hall meeting at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi assured that his next government would not create wealth for few people in government and their cronies as Ghanaians are witnessing under the Akufo-Addo administration.
Touching on the thematic areas of the NDC’s manifesto dubbed “the people’s manifesto’, Mr. Mahama, who is seeking re-election after losing to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections following a smear campaign against him, said their manifesto captures all sectors of the economy because the party took inputs from all stakeholders across the country.
“The policies in our manifesto will create opportunities for all Ghanaians,” Mr. Mahama said as he zoomed into the employment opportunities the next NDC government will create for the youth of the country.
NDC’s Projections Under Economy
Mr. Mahama said job creation will be the “predominant preoccupation of the next NDC Government as a way of enhancing the livelihoods of the Ghanaian people.” adding that the under a One Million Jobs project slated for the tenure of his office, wealth will be for all.
As part of plans to sustain small businesses, the NDC has promised to, from the beginning of 2021 and into the medium-term, offer several tax reliefs to the private sector, especially MSMEs to enable them to recover and get back to their full operating capacities.
According to the manifesto, the long-suffering Ghana Cedi will be stabilized and strengthened while “the private sector will receive the biggest job-related stimulus package in Ghanaian history.”
The NDC has also offered to ensure that firms leverage on these tax reliefs to expand their scope of production and employ more Ghanaians to help boost the economy.
Among other things, the NDC has promised in its manifesto to exempt small businesses entirely from corporate and personal income tax, reduce corporate income tax for medium size companies from the current 25per cent to 15per cent while newly established medium-sized companies that employ up to twenty (20) staff will be exempted entirely from the payment of corporate income tax for one year.
Newly established medium companies that employ more than twenty (20) staff will be exempted entirely from the payment of corporate income tax for two years, according to the NDC while commercial vehicles and other equipment imported into the country for commercial, industrial, and agricultural purposes will be exempted from import duty.
Lamenting the collapse of some businesses under the NPP government, Mr. Mahama said, “We won’t target Ghanaian people in NPP and collapse their businesses. When you collapse people’s businesses, those that will be affected will be Ghanaians and not members of any political parties. The next NDC government will not collapse businesses.”
To him, Ghanaians deserve to run their legitimate businesses regardless of their political affiliation.
Mr. Mahama also bemoaned the massive borrowing under Akufo-Addo with nothing to show for yet unable to pay the debt owed contractors who worked from the previous regime into the early months of the NPP government.
“If you look at road contractors since 2016 some contractors have not been paid till now. Some have died out of frustration, others have been jilted, some are seriously sick because of the negative impact of the collapse of jobs by the government.”
Mr. Mahama at the event further assured the chiefs and people of the Ashanti Region that his government will not glorify corruption as his predecessor has demonstrated over the last three and half years he took over government.
“Corruption has become endemic under this government and it is evident in the clearing of government appointees who are accused of corruption,” he said while criticizing the Akufo-Addo government for shielding some appointees who were at the center of clear corrupt acts like ‘cash for seat’, ‘galamsey scandals’, ‘contract for sale’, PDS and Agyapa deal.
Mr. Mahama re-assured that “what we are doing is we will institute ‘Operation Sting’ to deal with corruption among my appointees. When you are caught in corrupt activities, I, as a president, won’t be able to save you,” Mahama stated as he also promised to reduce his government size when voted into power.