The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has enumerated a number of achievements of the current administration including the fact that cash is indirectly stuffed in the pockets of Ghanaians.
According to him, the various social policies and intervention programs have put monies into the private pockets of some Ghanaians despite what sections say is the economic hardship they are facing.
“Take the various social interventions and welfare packages provided by the government we can determine the amount of money that the government has saved the people of Ghana. These are monies that the individual can use for something different of his or her choice.” He disclosed.
Dr. Bawumia said the government’s economic policies have not only seen an improvement in the macroeconomic indicators, it has also provided relief to ordinary Ghanaians such as parents, kayayei, the elderly teacher trainees, nursing trainees, unemployed graduates and many more.
“If we take the reduction in electricity tariffs and quantify the amount involved, we would realize that for 2018 alone, the overall expected average annual savings on electricity bills for Residential and Non-Residential customers as well as industries will amount to over GHC1.8 billion. This is money that government has put in people’s pockets indirectly”, he explained.
The Vice President spoke at this year’s edition of the National Policy Summit held at the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi on the economy under the theme: “Assessing the Growth, Jobs and Prosperity Agenda”
“As government pays for the cost of flagship programmes such as Fertilizer subsidy, Planting for Food and Jobs, subsidy for BECE candidates, Free SHS, the expanded school feeding programme, the expanded livelihood empowerment against poverty (LEAP), restoration of nursing and teacher trainee allowances, national entrepreneurship and innovation programmes for start-ups, it is directly and indirectly putting money in people’s pockets. The total amount of money that the government has saved the Ghanaian people from paying for these particular programmes is in excess of GHc2 billion.”
“This is a significant relief to ordinary Ghanaians,” Dr Bawumia noted in his addressed delivered at the event.