Government working to reduce poverty through social interventions – Ofori-Atta

Published on : Aug. 21, 2017

The government of Ghana is working assiduously to reduce poverty and restore dignity to the citizenry through the 2017 budget and subsequent ones, the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, has said.

He said the key to achieving this agenda is to ensure exclusive growth by addressing the challenges of the sectors which host the poor (in this case, crop farmers) and sharing the dividends of the economic growth poles across the other sectors of the economy.

Mr Ofori-Atta said this in a speech read on his behalf at the end of a five-day Workshop for Strategy, Planning and Project Implementation. He said although government has over the years implemented a range of pro-poor programmes such as the Ghana School Feeding Programme, Capitation Grant, Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty and the National Health Insurance Scheme, the country still faces persisting economic and social inequalities.

Mr Ofori-Atta said this calls for an intensification of efforts rather than abolition; stating that “it is against this backdrop that government seeks to implement critical interventions to address these shortcomings and continue the implementation of existing programmes”. He said government’s flagship Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme, seeks to consolidate the gains of these interventions.