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General News of Thursday, 11 August 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

NPP manifesto to focus on job creation – Sammy Awuku

The National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated that the party’s 2016 manifesto will focus on job creation for the unemployed masses.

Speaking on the AM show on MultiTV, Sammy Awuku said a Nana Akufo-Addo government is bent on reducing the high unemployment rate in the country.

He was commenting on the apparent delay by the party to release its manifesto.
With just about three months to the general elections both the NPP and National Democratic Congress (NDC) are yet to release their policy documents even though they both claim the documents are ready.

Various groups and political scientists have mounted pressure on the two major political parties in the country to launch their manifestoes.

According to Sammy Awuku, the NPP is almost done with the manifesto but the major reason why their launch has delayed is the fear of plagiarism by the NDC.

He refuted allegations that the NPP campaign has been bereft of ideas, saying, the flagbearer has been putting out some ideas which form part of the manifesto.

"We have indicated that we will create one factory in every district, that we will scrap import duties and all those forms part of our manifesto," Mr. Awuku said.

Political Scientist, Joe Jackson speaking on the same platform admitted the NPP has been revealing portions of the manifesto in their campaign tour but said ‘the manifesto brings everything together to make it easier for the public’.

The Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho who was also on the AM Show said that his party in the past has launched its campaign before its manifesto.

The party is set to launch its campaign on Sunday, August 14 in Cape coast and its manifesto will be launched subsequently.

Mr. Anyidoho explained that the NDC’s manifesto has been similar to that of the NPP in the past because they both have a goal of developing the country.
He questioned the NPP’s idea of not borrowing and scrapping import duties if they win the 2016 elections.

“How are they going to fund all those gargantuan projects? The NDC has won elections twice based on the manifesto and the NPP has been rejected twice so that should tell them something,” he added.