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National House of Chiefs Meet National Development Planning Commission

Feb. 26, 2016, 9:59 p.m.

The National House of Chiefs has expressed reservation about the successful implementation of the proposed 40 year National Development Plan if the winner takes it all as being practiced now persists. 

According to the house, a situation where huge number of experienced civil servants is reshuffled every four years due to political transition will not help in the execution of any well thought plan in Ghana. 

The Omanhene of the Asokore traditional area in Ashanti, Nana Professor Krobea Asante made the observation when officials of the National Development Planning Commission led by its Chairman Professor Kwesi Botchwey and Director General Dr. Nii Moi Thompson met members of the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi. 

The officials of the NDPC were in the house to brief members and also solicit views and inputs into the 40 year National Development Plan.  

Nana Prof. Krobea Asante noted that the continuous over marginalization of the cocoa sector which has the capacity to absorb the youth, keep the rural urban migration at bay and make rural life enjoyable is very disturbing. 

The NDPC has projected that over 95 percent of Ghanaians would be living in the urban areas hence the need to modernize agriculture to reduce pressure on urbanization. 

Other members of the house were not happy that the 40 Year Development Plan is not structured to address private sector development which needs serious attention. 

The Director General of the NDPC, Dr Nii Moi Thompson said the introduction of the 40 Year Development Plan will never render political party manifesto meaningless, it will however support political parties to prepare their plans and programmes in line with the National Plan to avoid duplication of functions. 

According to him, infrastructural development including roads and rail transport will be given priority. 

Ghana’s population is expected to hit 50 million in the next 40 years and this places a huge challenge on how to provide adequate goods and services to meet demands of the time.  

Dr. Thompson said the interaction with the chiefs is very important as their views and inputs as traditional authorities to prepare future development plan cannot be under estimated

Source: Ghanacrusader.comDisclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)