Ekwow Spio-Garbrah , the minister of trade and industry, has said that President John Mahama is putting money in people's pockets through several social intervention programmes and skills development initiatives, a report by myjoyonline.com said on Friday.
The programmes, the minister said, have provided economic empowerment to beneficiaries and made people more economically productive and self-dependent.
Taking his turn at the Meet-the-Press series at the Information Services Department conference room in Accra on Wednesday Dr Spio-Garbrah said the National Export Promotion Development Programme, for instance, had provided over 1,120 horticultural farmers with skills training in good agricultural practices and export quality management.
He said 1, 750 groundnut farmers had also been trained in the prevention of aflatoxin which has enhanced their competitive advantage into the EU market.
Likewise, the Minister said, 250 craftsmen and 714 exporters had been given skills development to enhance their operational activities.
“All these beneficiaries are taking advantage of the enabling environment and opportunities created by President Mahama so this is what the President means by putting money into people’s pockets. They are in gainful employment and the profits made on the loans are going into their pockets,” Dr Spio-Garbrah said.
“The President cannot go around distributing money to people but through these social interventions, he is putting money into people’s pockets, he added.
President Mahama was criticised by a section of a public when he stated that he could not go round putting money in people’s pockets.
He said people ought to rather take advantage of economic opportunities around them to improve themselves.
Some critics of the president joked that if he could not go round distributing the money, he should send it to people using mobile money service.