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23.10.2020 Elections

Notable Quotes From Second Imani-Multimedia Presidential Debate

By IMANI Ghana
Notable Quotes From Second Imani-Multimedia Presidential Debate
LISTEN OCT 23, 2020

PPP Flagbearer

Vision

“I am offering Ghanaians a new kind of leadership that gives good governance, human capital development, economic empowerment, food security, and infrastructural development” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Law & Order

“Security Services must not have interference from political leadership and must be fully equipped to apprehend criminals and enforce the law” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Economic Recovery

“We will construct inter-regional highways to open the country up for business, investments and industry because resources exists to which we must add value” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Unemployment & Job Creation

“We will develop industries where the Youth can have sustainable jobs and work for long periods in order to earn sustained incomes” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

National Debt

“We will reduce debt progressively: However, we will borrow to some extent” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Improving Business Climate & Ghana’s Performance on Ease of Doing Business Index

“A PPP Government will enforce and implement laws to the latter and provide loan schemes to allow recognizable groups access funds at low interest rates to grow the economy” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Corruption

“We will ensure that public officers declare their assets and separate the Attorney General from the Minister of Justice: We will also sperate Parliament from the Executive so you do not have a situation where Parliamentarians are also Ministers, and thus, robber stamp deals that come before them: We will implement the RTI Act to ensure the public readily gains access to information” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Financial Crimes/Delisting of Ghana

“Government will engage the European Union to ensure Ghana is not complicit in such matters, whilst speaking up publicly against these issues” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Natural Resource Management/Mining Revenues/Agyapa

“We will look at in terms of investment and value addition: We believe gold resource in the Agyapa addition has been undervalued” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Energy

“We will work our way to reduce dependency on thermal energy and encourage renewable energy in the form of solar and wind: Companies who rely on usage of solar energy will be given tax incentives: We will ensure that the sector is managed by technocrats and reduce political interference: Government must also pay its debt obligations to reduce the cost of electricity” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Flooding/Poor Sanitation

“The State will re-plan Infrastructure: Housing in areas that are flood prone will be re-planned: Flooding situation will be addressed in humanitarian manner” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Housing

“We will finish projects such as the Saglema Housing Project and ensure that low cost houses are made available to low cost persons who need it, thus, making the price exorbitant: We will also ensure that a Scheme like Social Security provides people with Mortgages“ – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Data Pricing Regime

“We will rapidly develop our digital economy by partnering with the telecoms industry to ensure we spread digital access by taking digital technology to all districts in Ghana which will help reduce the cost of data” – Brigitte Dzogbenuku

PNC Flagbearer

Vision

“A PNC-led Government will address the challenges of lack of education for all, inaccessibility to medical care, poverty and deprivation” – David Apasera

Law & Order

“We will put in place para-military organization that will essentially be a Striking Force to prevent armed robbery and other violent crimes” – David Apasera

Economic Recovery

“My Government will make sure Ghana does not export crude oil: We will refine crude oil right here in Ghana and encourage rice production locally to engineer economic recovery and growth” – David Apasera

Unemployment & Job Creation

“We will establish refineries for all mineral resources so that Ghana can have real income that is deserved from such productions” – David Apasera

National Debt

“We need to begin to export and restrain ourselves from importation: That is how we can reduce our debt burden” – David Apasera

Improving Business Climate & Ghana’s Performance on Ease of Doing Business Index

“We will ensure that the public promptly access necessary documentation/registration from related public Institutions, ensure that Banks give loans to businesses without rigorous procedures, and grant businesses with tax exemptions” – David Apasera

Corruption

“We will track down corrupt practices and ensure that corrupt persons are prosecuted and their properties confiscated: My Government will consider tougher sanctions to deal with corruption and ensure assets declaration by Senior Officials” – David Apasera

Financial Crimes/Delisting of Ghana

“My strategy is to check Security Agencies to stop money laundering from going through our Airports: I will also act promptly to ensure Ghana gains the confidence of other Institutions and Governments” – David Apasera

Natural Resource Management/Mining Revenues/Agyapa

Government has to provide more education on Agyapa contract: I will revise details of contract and go ahead with it if comfortable with terms” – David Apasera

Energy

“The PNC Government will review signed contracts relating to Energy production as well as cost of electricity: We will look at renewable – solar energy, and nuclear fishing where possible to generate cheap Energy together with technocrats” – David Apasera

Flooding/Poor Sanitation

We will dredge the drains and put in place an Authority to re-plan towns and ensure people build at right places: We will also bring back hygiene-related programs, town guards, and ensure that every house has a toilet facility” – David Apasera

Housing

“We will find lands and assign to workers for ownership when retiring and also construct high rise buildings to accommodate more persons, particularly public sector workers: We will also complete already existing programs to provide housing units“ – David Apasera

Data Pricing Regime

“We will create centres where people can easily access the internet: We will have internet facilities in our schools and communities: We will also help service providers with the infrastructure to help transmit internet services to Ghanaians” – David Apasera

APC Flagbearer

Vision

“I believe Ghana is in leadership crisis: Ghana is struggling not only because of NPP/NDC, but persons who are quiet. I call on you to join the APC to transform Ghana and restore hope” – Hassan Ayariga

Law & Order

“There must be minimum requirement for entry into Security Services: The police must also have a database with details about every Ghanaian to track down persons who commit crimes” – Hassan Ayariga

Economic Recovery

“We need to change consumption pattern to produce locally what we eat and eat what we produce” – Hassan Ayariga

Unemployment & Job Creation

“We will link agriculture to industry and inculcate STEM into educational infrastructure so the Youth become more creative and innovative and create jobs: We will also create job centres nationwide and link these job centres to industry to enhance access to job opportunities” – Hassan Ayariga

National Debt

“We must increase production, cut down expenditure, raise funds by issuing bonds locally to finance projects and activities, and begin to undertake debt repayment: We will also put in place an integrated national data system to monitor how individuals earn and spend monies to curtail expenditure and curb corruption” – Hassan Ayariga

Improving Business Climate & Ghana’s Performance on Ease of Doing Business Index

“I will reduce taxes, encourage businesses to have the right enabling environment to grow, support businesses with start-up capital, ensure access to land and efficiency of labor for businesses to strive” – Hassan Ayariga

Corruption

“We will ensure that there is assets declaration by Senior Officers and institute a National Data System which will track down persons and give detailed background information about every Ghanaian: I will also spend my first night as President in jail to send the right signal to corrupt persons” – Hassan Ayariga

Financial Crimes/Delisting of Ghana

“My Government will negotiate to know the terms of the contract that got Ghana to be blacklisted and deal with it accordingly: We will ensure that persons use Visa Cards, MasterCards and other Cards for transactions both in and outside Ghana: There will be no more cash transactions – just online transactions to ensure there is a cashless economy” – Hassan Ayariga

Natural Resource Management/Mining Revenues/Agyapa

“We will make sure we give mining licenses to local Ghanaians: We will not give concessions to foreigners anymore: No foreigner will mine in Ghana under my leadership: We will support Ghanaians with mining contracts with equipment so that royalties remain in Ghana and increase revenues to sustain Ghana and grow the economy” – Hassan Ayariga

Energy

We will institute the more you consume the less you pay system, ensure mixed energy – generation of power through solar systems, energy through dams, and cheap electricity through turbines, and ensure that electricity is legally generated so that Energy does not go waste in Ghana” – Hassan Ayariga

Flooding/Poor Sanitation

“We will ensure education in schools and teach pupils on how to manage waste: We will also need to put up a proper sewage underground systems and ensure clean gutters: We will establish a fund for bottle water and ensure that customers are payed for returning used water bottles to avoid choking in gutters” – Hassan Ayariga

Housing

“We will reserve land by constructing high rise buildings for Ghanaians to make good use of land: We will reduce taxes on cement and other building materials, and have digitalized lands and properties to ensure two persons do not own lands in this country” – Hassan Ayariga

Data Pricing Regime

“We will regulate the taxes on internet service providers to give them tax holidays for them to be able to provide wide and reduced coverage of internet services: We will also boost the internet system to promote wide coverage in villages and communities” – Hassan Ayariga

CPP Flagbearer

Vision

“We need to restore trust and faith in the Government of Ghana: It is possible for Ghanaians wherever they may be to achieve their dreams and lay a foundation for successive generations to achieve their dreams. We believe with hardwork, faith, determination, right ideas and leadership, it is possible to achieve the goal for this country and our destiny as a people and make this nation a place we want it to be” – Ivor Greenstreet

Law & Order

“The Security Agencies will be given further investments, capabilities and training in order for them to carry out their mandate” – Ivor Greenstreet

Economic Recovery

“We will pay all outstanding arrears and not take on new debts for new projects in order to provide a stimulus to move this nation forward” – Ivor Greenstreet

Unemployment & Job Creation

“There will be an overarching national development plan that is subjected to rigorous analysis/assessment to identify areas where comparative advantage exists and based on skills of persons to create jobs: We will also give fair and guaranteed market prices to farmers for their produce” - Ivor Greenstreet

National Debt

“We will have an industrial policy to mobilise internal revenues, control capital inflows, earn more money from natural resources, and be more efficient in government practices, according to detailed national plan” – Ivor Greenstreet

Improving Business Climate & Ghana’s Performance on Ease of Doing Business Index

“We will ensure State intervention to provide long-term availability of capital in deliberate manner with the intention of achieving desired results” – Ivor Greenstreet

Corruption

“We will re-intensify efforts of State Agencies and further utilize the supply commission and procurement methods to deal with the root cause of corruption” – Ivor Greenstreet

Financial Crimes/Delisting of Ghana

“Each case of Ghana being blacklisted by different countries/Institutions will be dealt with according to the specific state/circumstances: We will look at the terms of why we have been blacklisted and determine whether it is in our interest to comply with them” – Ivor Greenstreet

Natural Resource Management/Mining Revenues/Agyapa

“The scope of the Agyapa contract seems to be far wide and unclear: We will concentrate on how much we can earn from gold resource now before concentrating on the future” – Ivor Greenstreet

Energy

“We will have insisted that all arears owed the ECG be paid as part of the COVID-19 relief packages: We will ensure the Energy Sector receives State support/intervention due to its strategic importance” – Ivor Greenstreet

Flooding/Poor Sanitation

“I will ensure increased investments over a short period of time: I will also implement plans and existing programs to deal with the problem” – Ivor Greenstreet

Housing

“We will ensure Government intervention to make sure we have low cost housing and grant tax reductions to serve as incentives: We will construct houses particularly in urban centres and maximise technology to reduce the cost of housing” – Ivor Greenstreet

Data Pricing Regime

“We will abolish the Communications Service Tax (CST) and instead introduce an ad valerom tax on each mobile phone unit: We will reduce VAT from 18% to 10% and encourage the NCA to undertake intensive analysis and study to ensure reduction in data costs“ – Ivor Greenstreet

LPG Flagbearer

Vision

“I will put money directly into people’s pockets by introducing unemployment and child benefits: I will also set up $10billion job fund that will help young men and women from Universities and Colleges of Education to borrow money to start their businesses: I will construct affordable rental accommodation to enable those living in slums have a good place to call home - LPG Government will put food on your table” - Kofi Akpaloo

Law & Order

“Poverty and Unemployment cause of violent crimes: We will provide young people with jobs and unemployment benefits to reduce violent crimes” – Kofi Akpaloo

Economic Recovery

“We will create collective investments that empower Ghanaians to go into big businesses and establish enterprises. We need to create billionaires and help people make it right here in Ghana” – Kofi Akpaloo

Unemployment & Job Creation

“We will set-up $10billion equivalent fund to enable young people who wish to start their own businesses have access to funding: We will invest in sports development to train athletes and create 28,000 jobs in a bid to revive postal services: We will establish the world’s largest poultry farm here in Ghana to stop importation of poultry, which will create about 100,000 jobs: We will also establish the world’s largest chocolate manufacturing company to stop exportation of raw cocoa beans” – Kofi Akpaloo

National Debt

“We will grow the economy to increase revenue: We will use debt financing to grow every sector of the economy to generate jobs and create wealth” – Kofi Akpaloo

Improving Business Climate & Ghana’s Performance on Ease of Doing Business Index

“We will reduce period of time in acquisition of licenses and permits, build a credit economy, grant each Ghanaian unique identification number and property address, reduce interest rates, and relegate administrative and other charges associated with Bank credits” – Kofi Akpaloo

Corruption

“We will deploy mystery shoppers and compel Ghanaians to file tax returns so as to disclose incomes, liabilities and assets, as well as ensure that Public Officials are paid well and on time” – Kofi Akpaloo

Financial Crimes/Delisting of Ghana

“We will make Ghana right for everybody: Developing countries are delisted when developed nations see progress” – Kofi Akpaloo

Natural Resource Management/Mining Revenues/Agyapa

“We will collectively invest and own our resources: I will empower Ghanaians everywhere to come together, put resources together to form capital and control all natural resources, and ensure value addition” – Kofi Akpaloo

Energy

“We will remove bottlenecks with regards to illegal connection and non-payment of tariffs: Government Agencies will also be instructed to make provision for payment of electricity bills in their budgets” – Kofi Akpaloo

Flooding/Poor Sanitation

“We will ensure waste are collected from homes each morning and people pay for waste collection: We will recruit sanitation inspectors across the country, punish persons and pay Sanitation Officers promptly” – Kofi Akpaloo

Housing

“We will construct affordable rental accommodation nationwide and eradicate slums – this will be in the form of single room, toilet and bath: We will ensure everyone in Ghana who wants to own property does so and pay in installments over a period of 25years” – Kofi Akpaloo

Data Pricing Regime

“We will deploy broadband nationwide and make Wifi free in all basic, secondary and tertiary schools and ensure all libraries in Ghana have access to free Wifi” – Kofi Akpaloo

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