Budget Review: We’ve invested 1.8 billion in agriculture
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has invested 1.8 billion in agriculture over the past 3 years.
The planting for food and jobs he noted has helped in creating jobs for 1.2 million Ghanaians.
In his opening remarks, the Minister said when the NPP took over, Ghana’s economy was in a dire situation.
“When we took over the management of the economy in January 2017, things were dire. Expenditure in sectors like education and health were low. There was general lack of investment, with our governance institutions also struggling.”
He further touted the creation of the Nation Builders Corps which he indicated has created over 100,000 jobs with some former beneficiaries in permanent employment now.
Mr. Ofori-Atta says there are currently over 70 factories in production under the 1 district 1 factory program.
Intermittent power outage, christened “Dumsor”, Mr. Ofori Atta says, is a thing of the past.
He says the digital addressing system has ensured that steps are taken towards formalizing Ghana’s economy.
He says the government has so far changed the story. The economic indicators he argues look better affording citizens the opportunity to improve their livelihoods, something they couldn’t do previously.
According to Ken Ofori-Atta, 3.2 billion has been invested in free SHS ensuring that some 1.2 million citizens are able to go to school.
He says this has reflected in the pockets of their parents and an estimated amount of 2.2 billion in savings.