The residents holding placards to sum up their demands[/caption] Ghana’s 40-year development programme may be in jeopardy if the new government does not do due diligence to the processes of marrying the two entities – government and the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) – to ensure Ghana’s vision of haven a long term development planning is on course. The development plan may be a waste of time, energy and resources because the two bodies have separate direction for the development of the nation. Unlike the United States of America (USA) which has its development plan for every government to strictly follow when they assume office, Ghana’s case is the opposite. In Ghana, the government of the day work and do things on their own in consultation with their political ideologies and manifestos that do not take into consideration any national plan but here we are, the new government takes over and meet a commission mandated to ensure planning of the nation in the next 40-years which was constituted by its predecessor. The former President, John Dramani Mahama, on August 4, 2015 inaugurated the process towards the preparation of a 40-year National Development Plan for Ghana beginning from the 2018-2057. I recalled vividly that at the launch were representatives from the Ghana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Ghana Employers Association (GEA), Network for Women’s Rights (Netright), Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) and the Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE). Others were representatives from the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), Federation of Muslim Councils, Christian Council of Ghana, Catholic Bishops Conference, National House of Chiefs and the Ghana Culture Forum. The rest were representatives from the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Ghana Union of Traders (GUTA), Council for Indigenous Business Associations (CIBA) and Curious Minds. The former Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor and Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, the then Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjahoe, Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, were also not left out of the programme. All these institutions and dignitaries witnessed the inauguration and they expect it to work for the nation. The National Development Planning Commission was to start a broad consultations and collaboration from all stakeholders in the development of the Plan and as a matter of fact, it quickly moved into action. The mandate of NDPC in generating a long-term national development plan for the country was embedded in Article 85, 86 and 87 of the 1992 Constitution, which is the National Development Planning Commission Act, 1994 (Act 479) and the National Development Planning (System) Act, 1994 (Act 480). The NDPC, being chaired by Professor Kwesi Botchwey and Dr. Nii Moi Thompson as the Executive Director, kick-start their mandate and to be honest with you, they are doing a wonderful job to ensure its implementation in the year 2018. But fortunately or unfortunately, a year before the start of the programme, a new government with different ideologies, policies and promises has taken over. Then the flagbearer of now the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, gave numerous promises which were not in consonance with the planning and programmes of the NDPC.Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, made another promised of “one constituency one million dollar annual fund’’. This was also at Bunkprugu in the Bunkprugu Constituency in the Northern Region and according to him, the “one million dollar annual fund” will be given to every constituency to deal with problems that are specific to them. I’ll create another region from Western Due to the vast nature of the Western part of the country, Nana Akufo-Addo promised to create another region from the Western Region, should he emerge winner in the December polls. While at Juaboso to canvas for votes, Nana Addo told charming supporters that “the northern part of the region [Western North] has to get its own region if Akuffo Addo becomes the next President of Ghana”. According to him, “the move will facilitate development in the northern part of the Western Region”. DCEs will be elected in 2018 under my gov’t In the Central Region after his victory to thank the people for voting for him, Nana Addo met the Central Regional House of Chiefs with the promise that metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives will be elected in his government beginning next year, 2018. Zongo Development fund will be in my first budget – Akufo-Addo Another gargantuan promise that won him massive votes from the Zongos is the creation of Zongo Development Fund. The Fund will be the first time government’s social policy intervention to focus on developing residents of Zongo communities. These and many other promises were made by the then flagbearer of the NPP which the citizens will soon start demanding from the new NPP administration led by President Akufo-Addo. Due to these promises, Nana Addo has started creating ministries that will work to ensure they are achieved. But the question is; are these ministries and their programmes factored into the programmes of the NDPC? Or the NDPC will go ahead with the plan without taking into consideration the activities of these ministries? I am not sure this will be possible. Never! I will now look at the creation of some of these ministries and the reasons behind them as given by the President. They are Sanitation and Water Resources, Monitoring and Evaluation, Railway Development and Regional Reorganization and Development and all these are not part of the traditional ministries that governs the nation. Regional Reorganization and Development As part of its manifesto, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised the creation of new regions and election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives. It is for this reason that the president explained that the creation of the portfolio was ensure the restructuring of the governance system in the country. “We believe that the nearer a government comes to the doorsteps of our people, the more efficient and more satisfactory its outcome. That is why we are insisting on competitive politics in local government and we are going to create the conditions that will allow district chief executives, mayors, metropolitan chief executives, municipal chief executives now to be directly elected by the people they are going to govern.” “It is by the same token, the process of devolution of power, will require that we look again at the regional structures of our country all in the aim of trying to promote rapid development in Ghana,” he explained. According to the President, the Minister-designate, if vetted and approved by Parliament, will work to ensure the creation of four new regions from the Western, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Volta Regions.