The National Development Planning Commission on Tuesday presented the 40-Year Development Plan document to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House in Accra.


Subsequently, the 23 NDPC members, led by the chairman, Professor Kwesi Botchwey, announced their intention to resign to allow President Akufo-Addo recompose and recast a new commission based on his aspirations and vision for the country.


Prof Botchwey said "our collective decision to stand down” is to allow the President to give new vision to the Commission.


However, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson will remain at his position as the Executive Director of the Commission.


The 40-Year Development Plan will go through various stages of revision until it is finally submitted to Parliament for consideration.


Responding, President Akufo-Addo commended the commissioners for their high mark of patriotism. He said the Plan submitted to him "presents my government and subsequent governments with a daunting task not so much in its implementation but to stay on track and ensure we have the desired outcome."


In addition, President Akufo-Addo commended the Commissioners for the collective decision they have made, "without the compulsion of law, to submit your collective resignation to allow the principle of ‘new King, new Law’ to operate. It is a mark of high patriotism and I am grateful for it.”


President Akufo Addo said government had completed with the Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies which Article 36(5) of the 1992 Constitution enjoins him as President to submit to Parliament within the first two years of his administration.


“This time, we have worked to ensure it is completed within the first year of my tenure of office. Cabinet has approved it for submission to Parliament. That will happen in the next session of Parliament that begins next week", he added.


President Akufo-Addo said his desire was to see Ghana with “a strong and buoyant economy that is capable of providing decent jobs for all and that our school leavers from secondary and university will not spend an inordinate amount of time, as they do now, to get a job or create one for themselves and for others.”


He continued, “We must, therefore, make rapid progress, and do things to ensure that we achieve it.” 

The President said, “we must not and cannot fail in taking up this journey. We need to seek out those who are not yet convinced and bring them on board.


 "We need to have people to champion the different aspects of the plan, in particular the key milestones. We must figure out how we sustain the interest of key constituents, especially the youth, who will be at the helm of affairs in the not too distant future,” he stated.


With Ghana having celebrated its 60th independence anniversary in March this year, President Akufo-Addo noted that “in comparison to the likes of Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, countries which gained their independence around the same time as we did, it is evident that we should be further along in our national life than we currently are."


The President said it was incumbent on government that Ghanaians associated with tangible benefits, such as free basic education, a good healthcare system, the rule of law and security in the country; and that, reciprocally, the "citizens will exude levels of discipline and professionalism that engender efficiency in the management of our institutions and the development of our society amongst others."


“From the little I know of the operations of the Commission, I am aware that each and every one of you, the members of the Commission, have made significant input into this document. Your experience and knowledge have no doubt been brought to bear in the drafting of the document," the President added.


President Akufo-Addo expressed his profound gratitude to the Chairperson for the policy direction provided, and to the Director General, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, for the organisational and technical leadership he exhibited in making the Plan a success.


Source: ISD (Rex Yeboah Mainoo)