The Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) has launched its manifesto for the 2008 Presidential and Parliamentary election in Accra, yesterday. The programme was also used to introduce Mr Peter Dwamena, a 65 year old retired banker as the running mate who will partner the Presidential Candidate Mr Thomas Ward-Brew in the up-coming election.
The manifesto dubbed 'National Unity and Development' focuses on a wide range of issues confronting the nation, includes the Economy, Education, Health, Agriculture, Unemployment, National Security among others.
The Presidential Candidate of the DPP Mr Ward -Brew, in his address
said his government will pursue an administration of pragmatism which will restore hope and confidence in the people, indicating that the best principles of capitalism and socialism will be administered to achieve rapid and accelerated development within the shortest possible time.
Mr Ward-Brew said corruption is one of the setbacks hampering the nation's development and that the DPP government will strengthen the Serious Fraud Office, CHRAJ and other anti-corruption organisations to stem out the practice, adding that a comprehensive policy will be established to revamp the nations Security systems as well as improve upon the conditions of service of security personnel.
According to the presidential candidate, he will effectively implement the decentralisation policy to enhance development, adding that the role of chiefs is central to decentralisation and his government will constantly engage chiefs in the implementation of government programmes.
Mr Ward-Brew stated that under his leadership, he will expand the National Youth and Employment Programme by introducing modules such as fish farming, Artisans and Mason Development Scheme, Afforestation Programme, and Village Development Community Programme.
On education, he said the DPP government will expand infrastructure in the nation's educational institution as well as improve the conditions of service for teachers.
Mr Ward-Brew condemned the politics of insults, ethnicity, and violence and called on Ghanaians to vote for the DPP for massive development.
In his acceptance speech, the running mate for the DPP presidential candidate Mr Peter Dwamena described the up-coming election as the future of the youth, saying he will use his ideas to enable the DPP win the polls.