Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah on Wednesday announced that government plans to distribute free digital television boxes to vulnerable households as part of a pro-poor policy when Ghana fully migrates from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Contributing to the 2016 budget debate on the floor of the august House, he said Ghana will migrate fully to digital TV in 2016. He explained that it is part of the process to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Dr. Omane Boamah however, failed to tell the House how much the new programme will cost the tax payer.
Meanwhile the Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) has described as a misplaced priority, a new pro-poor policy that will see government provide free digital TV boxes to vulnerable households.
Senior Budget Analyst at ISODEC, Charlotte Afudego, believes the resources should rather be used to cushion the poor against the effects of government’s austerity measures.
“If you are reducing spending, definitely you have to prioritize certain things that are most important and will generate the needed development. Government has plans of covering people who are extremely poor by 2017 with this LEAP programme. But even what the 2016 budget has provided; that is about 250,000 people which you are not sure that you will be able to cover them by 2017. So instead of providing these digi-boxes, why won’t rather expand the LEAP more” she opined on Citi FM.