Government’s economic policy for the year 2021 was approved by Parliament last Friday amidst strong rejection from the minority. Today March 21, 2021, the Ministry of information led by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah held a press briefing on the happenings in the country and a summary of the briefing reads;
1. The executive arm of government expresses it’s sincere gratitude to the legislative arm of government for approving the 2021 economic policy statement. The budget is expected to introduce an economic recovery program, build the country’s light manufacturing industry, develop engineering machine tools in agriculture, health and technology, invest in housing and construction, creating jobs and reviewing government’s flagship programs.
2. Parliament is expected to delve into the budget statement of ministries and relevant government institutions and pass it as an appropriate bill by 1st April for government machinery to run.
3. The Covid-19 levy introduced is not for the payment of free water and electricity as it is being reported in the media. Government has only spent 1.7 billion on Covid-19 not 19 billion as reported in some sections of the media.
He futher said, The media should highlight the correct position of government in their reportage.
4. Government is keen on breaking the eight year cycle of governance by working to restore the confidence of the Ghanaian people and creating a Ghana for all.
5. Covid-19 cases have dropped from 8000 to 3500 as at 11:30 am today even though the rate of testing has declined.
6. Testing at the Airport is still on as with active cases of 1306 and 220 cases in schools nationwide.
7. Government’s Covid-19 vaccination is still underway and 468, 581 people vaccinated nationwide. Greater Accra has the highest number of people who have taken the vaccine.
8. Fever, Headache, Pain at injection part and body pains are reported side effects of the AstraZaneca vaccine. No clotting events have been detected after the FDA conducted a robust adverse test.
9. 20 million Ghanaians to be vaccinated by October and every district will have two vaccination centers. 42 million vaccines needed by government to vaccinate the larger populace.
10. MTN as part of it’s cooperate social responsibility is expected to procure vaccines for Africa and Ghana will have 116, 000 doses of vaccine.