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Hon. kojo Oppong Nkrumah gives detailed breakdown of why govt can afford 88 hospitals in 1 year

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Oppong Nkrumah takes on critics, gives detailed breakdown of why govt can afford 88 hospitals in 1 year

To introduce a new policy directive, the President said, “Government has decided to undertake a major investment in our healthcare infrastructure, the largest in our history. We will, this year, begin constructing 88 hospitals in the districts without hospitals,” a move that forms part of govt’s enhanced efforts to fight COVID-19. 

Many, including health experts, former Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, and of course social media users have emerged with versions of questions about the feasibility of this pledge. 

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88 hospitals within a year? With government’s current financial status and with the current economic status? That was mostly the focus of the questions. 

Why not! Minister of Information, Oppong Nkrumah’s simple response. In defense, he took his time during a Tuesday briefing held by the ministry, to explain the intricacies of the issue and why it shouldn’t be an impossible task while acknowledging the concerns raised. 

In a breakdown of what went into government’s decision and how possible this is, he had this to say: 

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“It takes a resilient economy to fight and win a successful war.

Ghana’s ability to introduce the various interventions so far, which are helpful, are as a result of our resilient economy today. 

Our current economic position is a major reason we are able to marshal the resources to execute a good number of resources like we are seeing today.” 

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“Moving on, the state of the Ghanaian economy will be key in our ability to introduce the necessary interventions which will help us win the necessary battles ahead of us in this war. 

“As a former Vice World Bank President for Africa recently mentioned, Health is the economy and the economy is health. The major strategy which we have taken in our 5-path strategy are based on our ability to afford the recommendations by the President’s advisory and coordinating team. 

“While we are grateful to them for the advise, we are also grateful for the ability to be able to afford these interventions.”

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We believe it makes sense why some may question if Ghana will be able to afford all these interventions including these 88 district hospitals. 

The question is justified because, looking at our recent economic condition, and the gains made recently as a nation, there is the genuine fear by some that we may not be able to afford some of these interventions. 

The concerns and questions are borne out of our collective recollection. Ghana’s internal economy faced significant challenges, mostly due to unbridled consumption expenditure. It makes sense that some begin to question whether our economy is resilient enough today to afford the whole plethora of things we are doing today including these 88 hospitals that the President has instructed be put up. 

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*Between January 2017 and now, however, Ghana has made major strides in correcting precarious economic conditions that we found ourselves in. 

Today’s resilient economy can afford the coronavirus fight – Oppong Nkrumah

 *Our fiscal position has improved, our macro position, has even more significantly improved.

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*The combined efforts of the improved macro and fiscal positions is what gives us the chance to afford the interventions that are being introduced as part of the COVID-19 response program. 

*We have significantly improved national revenues, we’ve trimmed down our deficits and it has yielded a resilient macro-fiscal position against which we are able to finance the interventions that we talked about in the last 8 weeks or so. 

*100 million dollars preparatory programs for border screening and mandatory quarantine, local production of PPE, rammed testing ability, 1.2bn coronavirus package which provided room to support the poor and vulnerable during the lockdowns which also included some 6 million worth soft loans for SMEs that had been badly hit, that is to start in the coming week, about 200 million cedis free water to citizens, all financed on the back of this improved economy. 

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*6 billion Ghana cedis advanced injected into this year’s budget 2020, 1 billion of which is paying for the free electricity for Ghanaians for three months. 5 billion of which will shore up revenues, owing to the suspended economic activity in the country at a point in time, as well as a stimulus to the sectors that are being hard hit. 

*You will note that the advance from the IMF is without conditionalities, enjoys a moratorium and we will pay back in proceeds of economic activity, once this crisis is over. 

*So indeed it is due to the resilience of the economy that we are able to afford to take on even double what we had initially estimated to take, about 500m dollars from the fund.

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*Additionally, government is able to afford tax cuts for health workers, allowances for contact tracers as well as a 50% basic salary top-up for front line health workers. 

The economy has ramped up to the extent that a lot of private organisations are also now in a position to make significant contributions to the COVID-19 relief fund. 

So, while there is genuine worry about the economy which was until recently unable to afford allowances to even health students or keep lights on, or which needed bailouts to pay salaries, while there are genuine questions about whether or not it can afford these bold measures, it bears repeating, that the progress that we have collectively made as a people in bringing back our economy from the doldrums, it is a major reason for which we can afford these interventions today. 

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We have come far as a nation, recovering from our recent challenges to a point where we can take these bold measures and now even begin to have a conversation about 88 district hospitals at a go. 

The President has asked his ministers to outline the details and they will flesh out those details to us in due course.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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Government spent GH¢40.4 billion on education between 2017 and 2020 – President Akufo-Addo

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“EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION INCREASED BY 95% IN MY TIME” – PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO

President of Ghana. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

“So great has this government’s commitment to education been that public expenditure on education has almost doubled from twenty billion, seven hundred million cedis (GH¢20.7 billion) between 2013 and 2016, that is in the Mahama era, to forty billion, four hundred million cedis (GH¢40.4 billion) between 2017 and 2020, that is in the Akufo-Addo era, representing an increase of some ninety five percent (95%).”

These were the words of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 4th January 2022, when he delivered a speech at the 6th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi.

Addressing the gathering at the event, President Akufo-Addo noted that GNAT is what it is today because of the work of its past and current membership and leadership, and he assured that, under his administration, the work undertaken by the membership and leadership of the Association will not be in vain.

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The President, thus, used the opportunity to thank all teachers in the country for the work they did, and continue to do, in ensuring that the education of Ghanaian children, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has not been truncated.

“Continuous assessment, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have all been written by thousands and thousands of students, under your care and guidance, in conditions of safety and orderliness, and without incident. The nation is extremely appreciative of these acts of selflessness and patriotism,” he said

According to President Akufo-Addo, his vision of a modern, competitive, Ghanaian economy, spearheaded by indigenous entrepreneurs, with productive employment for the great majority of its citizens, requires skilled economic actors, and to get there, the nation needs an educated workforce.

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“Through the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy, we are ensuring that value is being added to the intellect of every Ghanaian child. This is our surest way of succeeding in adding value to the Ghanaian economy, thereby helping to create acceptable, well-paying jobs for the young people of our country,” he said.

The President continued, “For us, in Ghana, also to make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. It is only a group of well trained and motivated teachers that can help deliver the educated and skilled workforce we require to transform our economy and nation”.

Outlining the many initiatives implemented by Government since 2017, he stated that his government has restored, since coming into office five years ago, and continues to pay, teacher trainee allowances, which were abolished by the previous administration.

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“In addition to the yearly average increase in salaries over the last five (5) years, my government is, for the first time in our nation’s history, paying a professional allowance to teachers. We have abolished the three (3) months’ pay policy for teachers, we have cleared the arrears, and promotions due teachers have also been effected,” he said.

He stressed that to prevent undue delays in promotion of qualified teachers, Government will, in 2022, improve on the conduct of the aptitude test instituted by the Ghana Education Service, leveraging on lessons learnt from the one conducted in 2021.

Affordable Housing for Teachers

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“Government is also committed to the development of affordable housing for teachers all across the nation. The current initiative will involve the provision of housing for both mortgage and rental. I am fully aware that one challenge facing teacher ownership of homes beyond finance is their inability to purchase homes where they intend to retire,” he said.

Through a subsidised loan programme, President Akufo-Addo indicated that teachers will be provided an opportunity to own houses in desired locations in various parts of the country, stating that the Ministry of Education is working with the National Service Scheme on this.

In addition, the Ministry of Works and Housing is in discussion with teacher unions to provide more housing opportunities for teachers.

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“Within the next two years, it is proposed that ten thousand (10,000) housing units on affordable terms will be developed for teachers across the country. This, as we all know, is the tip of the iceberg, but it is a good beginning,” he added.

Touching on the vexed issue of laptops for teachers, President Akufo-Addo was glad the supply of laptops was appreciated by teachers, and promised that the other related matters of concern will be addressed.

“Good relations between GNAT and my government are matters of importance to me, and I will do my best to promote such relations,” he added.

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Source: The Presidency

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