The NPP government has contributed its quota to the Ghanaian economy. Even though the role of every ruling government is to serve the needs of the general public, they can’t do so due to several factors. Definitely, some group of people will benefit more than the others.
The following are the group of people who have benefited very well from the NPP’s governance and as such should vote for them at all cost.
FREE SHS STUDENTS
When you ask every Ghanaian citizen the question about who should vote for the NPP at all cost, the answer majority of the people will give is the free SHS students. The NPP launched the free SHS policy in their manifesto two consecutive times before they finally won the election in 2016.
Majority of the people taught it was a publicity stunt or one of those campaign messages politicians use to persuade voters to vote for them. Few months after the NPP came into power in January 2017, the free SHS policy was launched at the West Africa Senior High School (WASS). The first batch of beneficiaries began their studies in September 2017, and as at now, all students in the various public senior high schools are under the free SHS policy.
According to the information minister, Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, almost 1.2 million students have benefited from this project. Out of this number, over 25% of them wouldn’t have been able to enrol or pay for their school fees if not for the intervention of the NPP government. In addition to paying off their school fees, the President also promised to pay their final examination (WASSCE) fees as well, making their SHS education completely free.
PARENTS OF FREE SHS BENEFICIARIES
Just like the students, the free SHS has lifted the burden on most parents. Most of the workers in Ghana are either low or middle-income earners, and as such, the free SHS policy by the President was a big relief to most of them. Even though some parents did not agree in the beginning, they’ve all now embraced the initiative.
Now, the money they would have used to pay for the school fees of their wards can be saved and used to pay for their school fees as they advance or transition from SHS to the tertiary sector. This is also a big relief to most parents as they could now help their kids to further their education after SHS.
The Nation Builder Corps (NABCO) is a government initiative that was launched in 2018 to address graduate unemployment to solve problems in society. This initiative was done in collaboration with the Ministries of; Business Development, Finance, Employment, Trade and Industry, National Service Scheme, Ghana Health Service, etc.
The main aim of this initiative was to offer temporary employment to tertiary graduates who are unemployed at the moment to earn some income before they can find a job of their choice. The initiative deployed interns/trainees to the health, education agriculture and technology sectors of the economy.
Currently, over 97,000 unemployed graduates have been recruited into the NABCO scheme. These are all graduates who would have been unemployed if not for this initiative. The beneficiaries are now earning a little income even though they would have made more in a regular job. But as the saying goes, “half a loaf is better than none.” These group of people have benefited immensely fro the government and they are expected to vote for them.
BENEFICIARIES OF NEIP
The National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme just like the NABCO, is an initiative by the government to provide integrated national support for start-ups and small businesses. In 2018, the President disbursed an amount ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 Ghana cedis to young businessmen and women.
Also, in July 2019, NEIP trained 12,000 in all the 16 regions of Ghana out of which 3,000 received funding. The training benefited owners of small businesses and start-ups. This policy has also motivated young men and women to create innovative business ideas which are going to help the entire Ghanaian nation. This has created jobs for most entrepreneurs also.
BENEFICIARIES OF 1D1F
The One District One Factory policy was one of the many NPP campaign promises in 2016. The NPP promised to build one factory in each of the 216 districts in Ghana. The 1D1F was aimed at creating jobs for Ghanaians through setting up of factories and industries which will, in turn, move the country towards greater industrialization.
Once the NPP came into power, they started fulfilling their promise by building the factories in some selected areas. Most of the factories that were created produce consumables that we used to import from other countries. As of December 2019, the President had completed 58 factories out of the total 216. This means the NPP has created employment for people in these 58 districts and has in turn discouraged rural-urban migration in these areas.
If the above-mentioned groups really appreciate what the NPP government has done for them, then they should show appreciation with the thumbs come December 7.
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