The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, during the reading of the 2019 budget on November 15, patted the Akufo-Addo-led government on the back for easing the hardship of Ghanaians within the short period it took over power.
The 2019 budget was themed: “A stronger Economy for Jobs and Prosperity”, saw the government official lauding the NPP government for their work so far but was quick to add that more work had to be done.
In his prelude to the 2019 budget and financial statement of government on Thursday November 15, 2018, the minister appeared content with the direction the country is heading to in terms of solving problems faced by the average Ghanaian.
“We are not proud that there is still hardship in the country”, Mr Ofori Atta noted.
“We are not there yet, we still have a long way to go,” he acknowledged as he assured the nation of government’s commitment to make things better for Ghanaians.
The Finance Minister stressed that the financial assistance the government entered with the International Monetary Fund, thus the Extended Credit Facility which Ghana benefited from US$955.2 million will come to an end this year.
Briefly touching on some achievements of the government in less than two years, he said the country’s micro economy has been moved from instability to stability, decline in GDP ratio as well as creation of jobs.
The government also allocated a total sum of GH¢180 million to the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) to be used to resource the office in strengthen it to fight corruption.
The finance minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, made this announcement and added that the government was also prepared and ready to “provide additional resources during the course of 2019 to enable the Special Prosecutor’s Office to carry out its mandate.
Meanwhile, in an earlier report by YEN.com.gh, the government has said it will be spending a total of GH₵73.4bn as total budget in 2019.
Goods and services, according to the finance minister, will consume GH¢6.3 billion while some GH¢18.6 billion will be spent on interest payments of public debt.
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