In a bold announcement during the climax of his two-day tour in the Volta Region, Mr John Dramani Mahama, the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), outlined key promises for the party's agenda should they come into power in the upcoming elections.
Monthly Allowances for Assembly Members:
A significant highlight of Mr Mahama's promises was the commitment to pay a monthly allowance of GH¢1,000 to all Assembly members under the next NDC government.
Addressing the audience in Hohoe, Mahama stated, “The next NDC government would pay monthly allowances of GH¢1,000 to all Assembly members.”
This move, estimated to cost the nation GH¢80 million annually, aims to better support local representatives in their civic roles.
Mahama outlined the financial strategy behind this promise, indicating that the government's budget allocation would be adjusted to accommodate the new allowances.
He emphasized, “The office of the President's budget alone is more than GH¢2 billion. We are going to reduce the President's office expenditure to pay the Assembly members.”
Focusing on education, Mahama unveiled plans to synchronize teacher licensure examinations with final exams, aiming to streamline the examination process. Additionally, he proposed substituting teacher-trainee allowances with student loans.
Urging the current administration to settle arrears owed to trainees, Mahama expressed concern over collateralizing the GETFund, resulting in the abandonment of critical infrastructure projects in the education sector.
Highlighting the NDC's commitment to responsible governance, Mahama assured the public that under his leadership, all ongoing and abandoned projects would be completed before initiating new ones.
He called for a collective effort to address challenges associated with the Free Senior High Schools, emphasizing the reduction in funding for basic-level education under the current administration.
Concerns for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Okada Legalization:
Expressing empathy for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Mahama criticized the diminishing support from the District Assemblies Common Fund and pledged to review the Disability Act for more comprehensive coverage and implementation.
In a move with potential social and economic impact, Mahama announced plans to legalize and regulate the operations of okadas (motorcycles) and tricycles. He emphasized the importance of ensuring occupants have insurance coverage in case of accidents.
Local NDC Candidate's Pledge:
Mr. Thomas Worlanyo Tsekpo, the NDC Parliamentary Candidate for Hohoe, added his voice to the promises, expressing confidence in the party's ability to secure victory in the 2024 general elections.
Mr Tsekpo highlighted the NDC's unprecedented efforts in education within the Hohoe Constituency and appealed to Mahama for swift action on key regional development projects.
Asking for an upgrade to the Alavanyo EP Technical and Vocational Institute, completion of the Eastern Corridor Road, and expedited work on the UHAS campus at Fodome, Mr. Tsekpo underlined the importance of infrastructure for economic transformation and tourism development in the municipality.
In his closing remarks, Tsekpo assured that no inducement would sway the party from its determination to clinch victory in the parliamentary seat in the upcoming elections.