By Emmanuel Oti Acheampong
Ghana’s Finance Minister has candidly stated that the government of Ghana, led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has positively impacted every sector of the economy through various social intervention programs rolled out for the past seven years through deepened decentralised development by investing GH¢422.1 million to create and resource six new administrative regions.
“We have worked hard and invested significant resources. And being sure of this knowledge, I can confidently assert that over the past 7 years: Every sector has been positively impacted. Every household has been positively impacted by our social intervention programs. Every region has also been positively impacted. Indeed, President Akufo-Addo has deepened decentralised development by investing GH¢422.1 million to create and resource six new administrative regions. The most in our history since independence,” he said.
According to Ken Ofori-Atta, government has been consistent with policies on preferential options for the poor, which implies leaving no one behind. “We have been historic in enhancing social mobility and protected the vulnerable in our society.”
He mentioned that these have been achieved through improved access to quality SHS education for about 5.7 million Ghanaians by investing GH¢8.4 billion in the future of our next generation, increased enrolment and learning outcomes of 3.8 million pupils by investing GH¢3.6 billion in the School Feeding Programs, reformed the NHIS to improve and expand health service delivery to 16 million Ghanaians, Supported foundational education of over 6 million pupils by investing GH¢248.5 million as Capitation Grants; and improved the quality of life of about 350,000 Ghanaian households under the LEAP by investing GH¢1.2 billion.
He further mentioned that government shares high confidence that the record-high investments which have been made over the past seven years in preparing Ghanaian Children for a brighter future will significantly transform society, especially by tackling the root cause of poverty that has afflicted many families from generation to generation.