Deputy Chief of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor has defended the GHC 20 million budget for the Ghana@60 celebrations stating that the amount is not outrageous as the budget includes legacy projects that will benefit the Ghanaian people.
According to him, the budget will be channeled into social developmental projects, and would not be spent on festivities.
“The assumption that we are going to spend GH¢20 million on parties or eating and drinking is not true. That is not what the money will be entirely used for. I am a member of the legacy projects sub-committee, and we received a proposal from a young man who says that we should find a way to fund the psychiatric hospital as a legacy project for the 60th anniversary. It is a proposal that we are discussing and in the end, we will have projects which will be out-doored and executed to commemorate the 60th-anniversary celebration," he said.
On Thursday, President Akufo-Addo revealed the Ghana@60 logo and announced the budget estimated for the celebration at GHC 20 million, an amount which was later criticized by many as costly.
However Abu Jinapor said the Ghanaian business community has expressed their willingness to support the celebration with sponsorship.
He further stated, "There are a lot of benefits that will accrue to them [private companies]. This is a national event, it is a Ghanaian enterprise so if a private entity supports a Ghanaian undertaking it has extraordinary benefits and those who are into marketing and understand the way these things work, will agree with me that there are extraordinary benefits that a company will accrue by supporting this venture. Since Thursday the President made the clarion call on corporate Ghana, we’ve had a lot of positive responses from government. I am very hopeful in the end we should be able to raise the needed funding to fund this anniversary without burdening the Ghanaian people in any way."
The theme for the Ghana@60 celebration is "Mobilising for Ghana's Future."
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