The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has assured that the government will swiftly address some five concerns raised by the #fixthecountry campaign.
Addressing a press briefing today in Accra, Mr Ofori-Atta said the government will in the coming days address concerns of the #fixthecountry campaign including, unemployment, water shortage and congestion on major highways in the country.
He also acknowledged the concerns of the protest of the movement, calling for collaboration ”to solve the problems that face the country”.
Mr Ofori-Atta said, ”Ladies and Gentlemen, In the coming days, we will move swiftly to address some of the issues that the #fixtheeconomy have raised. First, I am working with the Minister for Water and Sanitation to immediately ensure portable water to areas with felt need, especially in the most urban areas.
”Second, I am working with the Minister of Roads and Highways, Transport and Interior to address congestion along the major highways.
”Third, we are fast-tracking the implementation of the US$200million Jobs and Skills Programme to enhance job creation significantly. This intervention is designed to facilitate new and expanded private sector businesses to employ a lot more people. This we believe is a more sustainable way to rebuild this economy instead of expanding Government employment shemes”.
He also stated that the government will be rolling out eight interventions under the Ghana Cares ”Obaatanpa” programme.
”These will be in the Health, Agriculture, Tourism, Trade, Digitisation, Science and Technology, Housing and financial services.
”Fifth, by the end of July, we will have a new Development Bank that wil;l provide long-term wholesale financing to the private sector through Commercial banks”.