Politics of Thursday, 1 November 2012
Source: Daily Graphic
The Convention People's Party (CPP) has said it will create one million more jobs in the country by establishing a 200,000-hectare sugar cane plantation in the middle belt of the country.
It said a consortium of sugarcane growers, land owners and external investors would be supported to ensure harmonisation of private sector interests with community efforts for development.
Party documents made available to the Daily Graphic state that medium-scale feed mills and vegetable oil processing plants will be established within the sugarcane production zone to provide additional processing capacity as required.
It said a further 500,000 jobs would be created from the associated processing industries for animal feed and vegetable oil.
In education, the party said it would implement a programme for building youth skills for industrialisation by proving free vocational training to complement secondary education.
It said all students who are unable to opt for the regular academic second cycle schools after the BECE would be admitted into the 212 Opportunity Industrialisation Centres (OICs) and provided with vocational and technical skills.
The cost of the programme, it said, would be met from a Youth Development Fund which would attract one per cent Value Added Tax.
It said it would also provide free education at the secondary level.
On housing, the CPP said it would provide affordable one and two-bedroom houses in serviced estates throughout the country, adding that high content of local materials would be used, especially bricks.
A total of 50 houses per district would be built every year with additional 500 to 1000 units per municipal authority, depending on population concentration.
According to the party, 35,000 housing units will be built each year with an option for increased units depending on level of participation by private sector actors.
Award of contracts to developers will be tied to recruitment of artisans from the OICs in the various districts.