FOREWORD BY JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE & LEADER OF THE NDC

FOREWORD BY JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE & LEADER OF THE NDC

H.E. John Dramani MahamaEvents of the last few months have demonstrated more vividly and vindicated the assertion by our founder in 2008 that “Ghana is larger than all of us, and the NDC’s victory is the victory of ordinary and truthful Ghanaians guided by the proven history and performance of a Social Democratic Party and Government.” In four years since we began our journey for a “Better Ghana” agenda, the NDC has kept faith with our people supporting them to work hard to produce the nation’s wealth, to uphold truth, abhor corruption, and distributing the benefits of hard work equitably for the greater, social and economic well-being of all Ghanaians.

Since we resumed office in 2009, our country has made significant progress, attaining and sustaining middle-income status for the first time in our history, maintaining a substantial growth rate and reducing inflation to single digit consistently. Our public and private sector policies and programs have been robust and successful in building the foundation for the sustained prosperity that we promised our people. This solid foundation has to be advanced in a manner that our growth trajectory is accelerated, our social and welfare initiatives for ordinary citizens is expanded, the opportunities to provide access and quality education to ALL our children is achieved, and our nation is able to feed itself and reap the benefits in expanded trade of our diversified agricultural produce.

The 2012 NDC Manifesto is therefore a bold, forward-looking agenda, which enumerates our solemn commitment to Advance the Better Ghana Agenda.

AS THE NEW LEADER OF OUR GREAT PARTY AND THE NDC’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE 2012 ELECTIONS, IT IS MY PLEDGE TO:

Expand our economy from its marginal middle-income status to a full-fledged middle-income status where growth and prosperity are spread equitably across the country and poverty is substantially reduced across the country;

• Ensure that ENERGY FOR ALL becomes the bedrock of socio-economic transformation by expanding production and intensifying regular and reliable access to electricity and energy including those who currently do not have access;

• Rapidly expand access to quality education at both the basic and secondary levels of education by ensuring that the 20% of children who are not in school gain access to schooling; and the nearly 50% who do not have access to secondary-level education gain access to JSS and SHS;

• Promote a thorough decentralized governance agenda in a manner that empowers regions and districts to acquire the needed resources and capacities to make decisions and be accountable to citizens;

• Provide the needed leadership to ensure that citizens’ voices matter in decision-making;  their  demand for accountability are fulfilled and their aspirations for a Better Ghana are reflected in the programmes and projects emanating from this Manifesto.

The Peace and Stability bestowed on us by our recently departed father, Professor John Evans Atta Mills, guided the preparation of this Manifesto; and God’s spirit in him has already blessed it. I invite you to peruse this manifesto and see why it is important to give us another mandate to continue and Advance the Better Ghana Agenda.