General News of Tuesday, 17 June 2014
The leader of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr Henry Herbert Lartey, has proposed the establishment of a National Implementation Commission (NIC) to supervise the implementation of national policies in the country.
He said the NIC would support the government in addressing the economic and social challenges facing the country.
“Even though all the planned polices are as good as they used to be for several years, we seem to be emphasising the same policies without implementing them.”
“So instead of just a National Development Planning Commission, we should also have a National Implementation Commission that would ensure that the policies are monitored,” he said.
Dr Lartey made this recommendation in a telephone interview with the Daily Graphic yesterday. He was reacting to a question on what could be done to ensure that national policies were put into practice.
Lack of competent leaders
He said there was the need to adopt such an initiative since the government and the policy makers lacked the competence to implement national policies, and explained that the problem had resulted in the economic hardship and social challenges facing the country. He added that the policies should be monitored and evaluated to promote the welfare of the people.
Personnel in charge of commission
Deliberating on people who would be in charge of the commission, Dr Lartey said the government should employ military officers, businessmen, technocrats and experienced politicians who would ensure that the decisions of the government were implemented.
“Someone has to monitor the activities of the ministerial departments and file reports to the President in order to see whether the country would be able to achieve any result. If it doesn’t, then this team will ensure that the policies are implemented.
“If we put in an implementation system and have people who are skilful and competent in monitoring and assessing the policies on a regular basis, it will help the country move forward,” he observed.
Agriculture and oilfield
Dr Lartey observed that even though agriculture created the best employment and boosted economic growth in the country, the policies that help to promote the sector are not monitored.
That, he said, had resulted in the low revenue derived from the country’s exports and consequently, the economic hardship the country was facing. “During the Acheampong regime, they had a food production corporation which was monitored, and reports were sent to him. This made the implementation of the policies easy and responsible. There was also a military unit that had the mandate to check the procedures of the corporation,” he noted.
Dr Lartey advised the government to involve people who were confident and train them to monitor and ensure that the national policies were implemented to improve the lives of the people.
He said it would also enable the country to export the nation’s natural resources, obtain higher revenue and provide social amenities and infrastructure in the country.