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A member of the National Development Planning Commission, Alfred Kwesi Opoku has called for a Constitutional amendment that places premium on continuity when it comes to the Commission’s work irrespective of which government is in power.

He said the Commission’s mandate under the current Constitution makes it look like an advisory body to government and this does not ensure continuity of development projects when there is change in government.

Speaking on GBC’s Current Affairs programme, ‘Focus’, Mr. Kwesi Opoku said NDPC is engaging all Ghanaians to solicit views as to how the country’s development agenda should be tailored.

Touching on the 40 year development plan, Mr. Opoku said the plan has been modified as a development framework because the exigencies of the time after ten years will require some modification to the 40 year development plan.

A Civil Engineer, Ben Arthur, said the NDPC should be given more powers to demand from sector Ministers, the need to channel all development policies towards the national agenda. He said NDPC must also decentralise its programmes to let those at the district level feel part of the development agenda.

The monitoring and evaluation Analyst at the NDPC and former Chief Executive of Tema Metropolitan Assembly, David Annan, said it is not true that the Commission is made up of loyalists of the President.  He said in coming up with the National Development Agenda, inputs are solicited from all the districts and incorporated into a national policy.

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