Government to be commended for exemplary leadership – Atta-Akyea
Former Minister of Works and Housing Samuel Atta-Akyea praised the government led by Akufo-Addo for effectively managing the economy even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic that has ravaged many countries.
According to him, the efficient management of the economy is eloquent testimony to the exemplary and quality leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
“Mr. President, strong leadership is measured by the gargantuan or sometimes enormous problems that we tackle and solve”
Mr Atta-Akyea was contributing to the debate on the 2022 budget statement and the government’s economic policy in Parliament.
On November 17, 2021, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta presented the 2022 budget report and the government’s economic policy to Parliament, after which the House was scheduled to debate the budget proposals.
Mr Atta-Akyea also argued that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, not a single public sector worker has been made redundant and the economy has the buffers to continue.
He cited for example that the economic impact of the pandemic on advanced economies such as the UK and the US has been unprecedented, saying “what we are facing is international”.
He said the government is striving to generate electricity from the Pwalugu multipurpose dam in line with goal seven of the Sustainable Development Goals on affordable and clean energy for the people.
Mr. Atta-Akyea also described the government’s initiative to establish the Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Company as a change in the country’s development quest.
He said the initiative would have immense benefits for the nation and that the upstream sector would generate thousands of jobs for the country while the downstream sector is expected to bring in billions of dollars with direct and indirect jobs.
Dr Kwabena Donkor, former Minister of Energy, in his contribution commended the government for helping the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation to acquire a seven percent stake in Anadarko Oil Company at Deep Water Tano and Cape Three Points, claiming that this fulfilled the vision initiated by the ancient Mahama. government to increase the country’s participation in the oil and gas sector.
He refuted, however, claims by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta in the budget that Parliament approved 37 oil blocks Deep Water Cape Three Points and 70 percent South Deep Water Cape Three Points.
“Mr President, I would like to officially state that Parliament has never granted this approval… I am truly astonished, mesmerized, worried that such an important political decision could be included in the budget declaration.
“Sir. Mr. President, what this Parliament has done is to give the Ministers of Energy and Finance, and consequently the GNPC, the green light to go and negotiate a price and report to this Assembly for approval… the Hansard of August 6, 2021 attests to it ”he added.
Dr Donkor also said the government’s intention to achieve universal electricity coverage for the country by 2024 was abysmal.
He said that in 2016 the rate of access to electricity coverage in the country was 83.25% and that over the past five years the government has been able to increase it to 86.6 %, claiming that the NPP government has only been able to add 3% to electricity coverage in the country.