According to Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, running mate of New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, in the first year of his presidency, every Ghanaian would be issued a National Identity Card to kick start the process.
Speaking to party supporters during his tour of the Tema Metropolis, he said the party would reverse and grow the agricultural sector for Ghana to achieve food security.
He scolded government for neglecting the agricultural sector to the extent that even plantain is imported.
“The agricultural sector grew by 0.04 per cent while manufacturing grew by -2 (negative two) per cent. And when we point it out to them, they say they are embarking on economic transformation.
This is backward transformation. We want forward transformation.”
He said government was over borrowing and over spending hence the bad shape of the economy.
“The burden of loan interest repayment on the economy is huge. Every year government needs almost GH¢10 billion to do that. And this is six times our oil revenue.”
According to him, there was an urgent need to restore the health of the economy to generate jobs and comfort for Ghanaians.
He said as a matter of policy, “We will give businesses who employ fresh graduates tax breaks and create an enabling environment for the private sector to flourish by abolishing killer taxes.”
The Mahama government is killing the private sector with taxes but we will manage the economy and create jobs so that the unemployment associations will be history.”