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Parliament to sanction govts who deviate from 40-year dev’t plan

Oct. 23, 2015, 12:58 p.m.

Parliament will sanction political parties who win power but refuse to comply with the 40-year development plan crafted by the National Development Planning Commission, director –general of the commission Dr. Nii Moi Thompson has said.

According to him, parliament will reserve the right of sanctioning since they passed the law on the need for a long term national development plan.

“In terms of the issue of whether it is binding or not binding, Parliament passed a law in 2011 which said there must be a long term national development plan approved by parliament.

“I will like to think that if parliament approves something, it is binding on all of us. If parliament passes a law, there are regulations as to how the law is to be implemented. So once parliament approves the plan, it will be their responsibility to prescribe sanctions,” Dr Thompson told Nii Arday Clegg on the Morning Starr.

He, however, dismissed fears that the plan will restrict political parties from implementing their manifestos if they assumed the governance of the state.

The national development plan, spanning a period of 40 years, is the first ever long-term development agenda Ghana has ever had. It will bind governments to a vision lasting till the country turns 100 years as an independent nation.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)