Muslims Leaders Present Input Into 40-Year Development Plan

Muslims leaders last week gathered at a forum organized by the National Development Planning Commission and the Coalition of Muslim Organisations in Ghana to make input into the anticipate long-term development plan or the country.

Varied views and suggestions were made and presented to the technical team of the NDPC.

Nii Moi Thompson, Director-General of National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) during his presentation called on Ghanaians to adopt positive attitudes to ensure the successful implementation of the 40-year long-term national development plan.

He said the ultimate goal of the development plan was to ensure social and economic transformation of the country and there was the need to adopt a scientific approach in resolving issues militating against the development efforts.

Explaining the key ingredients of the development framework, the Director-General of the NDPC noted that although ideological skirmishes from various political parties were expected, it would not affect the ultimate objectives of the plan since it was flexible for them to situate their manifestoes into it.

He said the 40-year development plan had been divided into 10 four-year medium term programmes and that Parliament could also review it every 10 years, in order to ensure that it conforms to contemporary trends.

He said the Commission would also tap into indigenous knowledge and would undertake wide consultations that would adopt various shades of opinions and suggestions, in order to ensure that the final report is all-inclusive.

Nii Moi Thompson said the future belonged to those who had long-term vision and Ghanaians must support the Commission to come out with a plan that is national in character.

The key catalyst initiatives, he said, the development plan would take into consideration include issues of energy, land reforms, civil registration and vital statistics, street and house naming, public sector reforms, among others.

“We shall draw on the experiences and lessons from various development programmes undertaken by successive governments and come out with a long-term development plan that is all-inclusive so that our generation will leave a mark for the future generations”, he said.

The President of COMOG, Dr. Hussein Zakaria urged the muslim community and all Ghanaians to give much attention and support to the Commission to be able to come out with a solid and all-inclusive development plan for the country.

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