President Nana Akufo-Addo will later today lead a three-day cabinet retreat to scrutinize data so far gathered by government on the impact of the deadly coronavirus outbreak across the governance sectors of Ghana.
All ministers are expected to present a report on the impact of the pandemic on their various sectors as well as measures and recommendations needed to turnaround the situation, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced.
“The president has instructed all ministers to report on the impact across their sectors and proffer recommendations for recovery,” he said at a news briefing in Accra to give update on the country’s covid-19 situation.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah said following Finance Ministers’ projection of the impact of the disease on the economy, government put in place a number of interventions to respond to the issues including free water supply to Ghanaians for three months.
Also, free electricity was announced for Ghanaians in the lifeline category and a 50 per cent subsidy for those above the lifeline for the next three months beginning May to July.
“About eight weeks into the pandemic in Ghana and as we get closer to mid-year, government of Ghana has actual data on the real impact of covid-19 across various sectors,” he noted.
The data, the Information Minister said will be examined by the President and his cabinet during the next three days, the decisions taken will form the basis for the mid-year budget review to be presented to parliament by the Finance Minister.
“At a cabinet retreat that is starting today, the government of Ghana will examine the observed impact, the recommendations that are being made, the implications and will commence preparations for laying same before parliament during the mid-year review [budget]” he stated.