Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has assured Ghanaians in Lebanon that Ghana was on the path to bright economic prosperity and growth after 22 months of President Nana Akufo-Addo's administration.
He noted that the ongoing structural and policy initiatives with commitment to transforming the economy through leveraging on the use of technology and enhancing human resource development would set the stage for a brighter future.
Vice President Bawumia said when he gave an overview of the performance of the Government to Ghanaians during a three-day visit to Lebanon, during which he interacted with the Ghanaian Contingent attached to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
“By any stretch of the argument, if one looks at the progress made in the last 22 months there is no doubt that Ghana is on the rise again," he said.
The Nana Akufo-Addo government has implemented policies and programmes that have had a direct benefit on the life of the ordinary Ghanaian, while dealing with the challenges that we inherited as a Government.
“For instance, through the implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) programme, thousands of Ghanaian teenagers who otherwise would have stayed home had access to secondary education.
“In 2017, FSHS provided over 90,000 additional teenagers an opportunity to get senior high school education and improve their opportunities for work in the future. In 2018, we have been able to accommodate 181,000 more students who otherwise could not have access to secondary education.
“We are more than convinced that the future can only be bright and we keep higher hopes.
“ We can only thank God Almighty for how far he has brought us as a nation,” the Vice President said.
He said the administration would continue to think outside the box to make Ghana an example to the rest of the continent.
The Vice President is in Lebanon to witness the award of United Nations Medals to Ghana’s contingent attached to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the first time the President or Vice President of Ghana has visited Ghanaian troops in Lebanon, although Ghana has supported UNIFIL with troops since the inception of the mission 40 years ago.
Vice President Bawumia cited the gains made in the macro economy, including an increase in the size of the Ghanaian economy from 3.7per cent in 2016 to 8.5per cent in 2017; a decline in inflation from 15.4per cent in 2016 to 11.8per cent in 2017 and now standing in single digits at 9.5per cent; as well as a decline in the debt to GDP ratio from 73.1per cent in 2016 to about 55per cent following the rebasing of the economy, as evidence of government’s firm grip on the economic management wheel.
Dr. Bawumia stated, among others, that such macroeconomic improvements led to the upgrading of Ghana’s credit rating for the first time in ten years from B minus to B with positive outlook by Standard and Poors, a global ratings agency.
“My assurances to you all and all Ghanaians are that your economy is in competent hands and there is more to come under the visionary leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo,” he continued,
“Today, Dumsor is not killing people’s businesses. Unemployed graduates are being employed under a special vehicle called NABCO. Nursing and Teacher trainee allowances have been restored. Government is paying the registration fees for BECE candidates. Parents are not paying for senior high school fees. Electricity tariffs have been reduced for both business and individual use.
“These are things that did not exist before we came into Government and, if we had not addressed them they were going to compound the hardships on Ghanaians.”
Ghana, Vice President Bawumia indicated, is on the rise again, and urged Ghanaians domiciled abroad to contribute their quota to the success story.