The finance minister, Ken Ofori Attah, has delivered the 2017 budget to parliament, saying that it will boost the economy and create thousands of jobs for Ghanaians.
Here are seven powerful statements from the budget.
1. "The economic challenges we face requires deliberate steps and the backing of Ghanaians [but] Ghana is ready because the people are ready [and] in [the] NPP, Ghanaians have a government that is ready to work."
2. Our aim, Mr Speaker, is to restore hope and steer the country onto a sustainable and inclusive growth path. A country that is re-energised to redefine and reorient itself to confront the challenges ahead. A country in charge of its own destiny.
3. A country where the private sector is well equipped to invest in the economy and be the catalyst of growth. A country where our youth have access to the requisite education...A country where each and every citizen is proud to be Ghanaian and to call this country home".
4. “...We need to trigger a national sense of urgency to deal with our deficits as its continual presence curtails our capacity to leverage our many opportunities and resources that we have as a nation.”
5. “I see our nation with this overwhelming election mandate as all having decided to withdraw in unison like Jesus to a remote place. Mr Speaker, only to discover that we have five loaves of bread and two fishes to feed our 25 million plus fellow citizens.”
6. "But herein lies the genius of the Ghanaian, ”for we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
7. Our goal is to build the most business friendly, people-centered and friendly economy in Africa which would translate into job creation and prosperity for all Ghanaians. We will strike the right balance between physical consolidation and growth and by making credible policy choices that would create the fiscal space to implement growth enhancing initiatives.”