President Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that the fruits of the raft of policy measures being implemented by the government to battle the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will begin to show after a year.
The President, in his speech to mark the country’s 64th Independence Day celebrations, explained the government’s Coronavirus Alleviation and Revitalisation of Enterprises Support (CARES) programme, which was announced last year to battle the effects of the pandemic, remains on course to deliver the needed results.
“Government has taken steps to revitalise and transform the economy, a process which is hinged on the GH¢100bn Ghana CARES ‘Obaatampa’ Programme, the lynchpin of our drive towards the rapid industrial transformation of our economy, our main national priority.
“A year from now, the benefits of economic recovery will begin to show. A year from now, our quest to move Ghana to a situation beyond aid will be accelerated, and our self-reliance enhanced. A year from today, we should regain our pride of place as one of the fastest-growing economies not only in Africa but also in the world,” President Akufo Addo said in his address.
He added: “A year from now, we should be processing more and more of our raw materials to help create jobs for the millions of Ghanaian youths. A year from now, more and more Ghanaian children should be having access to education. A year from now, every district and region should have a hospital, where residents will be able to have decent, affordable healthcare.”Nevertheless, the President took time to explain how the pandemic has complicated the task ahead for his government.
“We recognise that the biggest challenge confronting us is to be able to put our country on the path of sustained progress and prosperity and enhance the well-being of every Ghanaian.
When the global pandemic of COVID-19 struck, it derailed our progress and wreaked havoc on all aspects of national life. Lives and livelihoods have been affected, the economy has suffered, and the government has had to cushion households and businesses from the effects of the virus.
If any more evidence were needed of the impact of COVID-19, the fact that this, the 64th Independence Day celebration, has had to be cancelled and substituted with, essentially, a virtual celebration is one of them,” he said.
The President called on all citizens to step up and play significant roles in the development of the country.
“Let us bequeath to our children, their children, and generations unborn a nation of hope and opportunity, not one of despair and retrogression,” he added.