The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has held a National Development Forum to engage the public on development policy and promote ownership and accountability for the implementation of national policies.
The forum focused on the economy, social development, spatial planning, infrastructural development, the environment and governance.
The Member of Parliament for Odotobri constituency and chairman of parliamentary select, committee on mines and technology, Hon. Emmanuel akwasi Gyamfi in an interview with the media disclosed that the country must have a long term national development plan to achieve a better policy for the country and plagued by discontinuities in implementation of development plans and policies when governments changed.
He stressed that a country cannot develop as a nation without planning a better policy plan on infrastructures like electricity and road.
Member of Parliament for Adaklu Constituency and Ranking member, the parliamentary select committee on roads and transport, Hon. Kwame Governs Agbodza also added that the country must have settled on a long term development policy which cannot be politicised and the national development plan states that the country must have enough resources to develop the country.
The Chairman of the NDPC, Prof. Stephen Adei, said the non-partisan discourse would also help share information on development issues, manage expectations regarding Ghana’s development and engender a hopeful and actively engage the populace.
Prof. Adei noted that although Ghana had made some considerable strides in its development agenda through its medium and long term development plans at national and sub-national levels, leading to its middle-income status, the growth had neither translated into any appreciable change in the lives of many nor reduced inequalities in the country.
The country’s development, he added, had been uneven and plagued by discontinuities in implementation of development plans and policies when governments changed.