Independent presidential aspirant, Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker says he will relocate the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, (CSIR) to the Central Region if he wins the December Presidential Elections.
The move he said is part of a grand plan to establish research and industrial parks to drive economic growth in the country.
In his first interview since being cleared by the Electoral Commission to contest in the elections, he revealed, a new policy document that will transform the country into an industrial giant on the continent will be outdoor soon.
He intends to fund the elaborate plan by cutting unnecessary expenditure, renegotiating all infrastructure contracts and reducing Parliamentary sittings to once every quarter.
In his yet to be outdoor document, Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, his running mate, Jacob Osei Yaboah and other independents will transform the Central Region into an industrial enclave, modelled after US State of North Carolina which boasts of the largest research park in the United States.
“That park is anchored in a university sort of town where several universities can make themselves available in research. Students can go there for an internship, participate in the research going on in their area,” he noted.
This he says will help the students to build mastery in their area of study even before graduating, making them ready for the job market right at the end of their education.
“Why did I chose the Central Region? It has the most schools and positions it as the most suitable part of Ghana for this sort of industrialisation drive,” he said.
On health, he said, the main vision is to make it more accessible for all.
According to Mr Walker, the document will spell out a plan to expand health infrastructure and provide state-of-the-art facilities to meet the highest standards, whilst ensuring health personnel are better remunerated to boost their morale.
The plan under security is to ultimately scrap the barracks system, integrate police personnel into communities so they fight crime in their communities.
He believes this is a more effective approach to policing and will help reduce crime to the barest minimum.
“I’ve heard successive governments making effort to build barracks for the police – that’s wrong. How do you expect the police to be effective when he closes from work and goes into a depot to sleep, leaving the streets for criminals?”
He wants to build a motivated police force, proving life insurance policy and decent accommodation.
Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker first launched a bid to be president in 2016.
He is among many candidates who were disqualified by the Electoral Commission at the time, speaking an uproar.
He later took legal action against the EC to reinstate his candidacy in the 2016 elections, but that did not yield positive results.
This year, he is looking at contesting the elections again stemming from his desire to see his country develop.
He teamed up with several individuals who have launched their bids to run for president as independent candidates.
He comes into the race with lots of experience in leadership. He is currently the lead consultant/collaborator for a Dublin Ireland and Infrastructure Development Group operations in West Africa.
He has also spearheaded and championed the redevelopment, expansion and beautification of the Accra-Tema motorway.
He advocated for the Ghanaian majority ownership of the National Telecom system during the privatisation of Ghana Telecom to Vodaphone by the Kuffour administration.
Born in Larteh in the Eastern Region of Ghana on December 24, 1955, Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker is the youngest of nine children.
His parental and ancestry lineage spans across the length and breadth of Ghana.
Kwame’s father, Nana Kwame Okanta Obrantiri was King of Larteh-Akuapim. The paramount ruler of the Guan tribe and traditional areas which is the royal seat of the Guan tribe of Ghana and to date comprises a huge component of Ghana’s population.
His mother, Beatrice Amma Adobea Quashie was the daughter of the late Nana Kwasi Vaadze Nyarko Quashie, “King of Boso”, the paramount ruler of the Anum Boso tribe and traditional areas.
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