For many Ghanaians, there is an apparent lack of interest in the 2019 budget statement and financial policies delivered to parliament on Thursday November 14, 2018. It is reportedly described by laymen as having always been a long speech characterized by jargons. If you were ever “at sea” about what next year’s budget statement and financial policies entail, your best chance to understand its nitty-gritty is here.
Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, says government is embarking on a strategic move to boost its information dissemination on policies and programmes. He says a simplified version of the 2019 budget statement has been translated into six (6) Ghanaian languages and would soon be put out to engage the general public further in what he termed as a Citizen’s Budget Road-show.
The citizen’s budget road-show would be held in selected districts across the country through durbars and town hall meetings. The minister says: “The objective is to ensure a deeper information dissemination and feedback in governance process. We expect that this exercise will help deepen understanding of the budgeting and national economic management process.” A post on the Information Ministry’s facebook wall captures.
Additionally, members of government’s Economic Management Team (EMT) continue to feature on radio and TV programmes in an attempt to provide further explanations and responding to citizens’ concerns since the budget presentation last Thursday.
Getting peoples’ reaction on the citizen’s budget road-show move, Top News Ghana interacted with some Ghanaians on the streets of Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. “ it is only by doing this that we ordinary Ghanaians can also get to know what government is using our monies for. I tell you that some people who even say they are educated to some extent don’t understand anything when it comes to budgets. It’s a good move” Yakubu, said among other supporting comments from the public.
Themed “a stronger economy, jobs and prosperity”, the 2019 budget outlines six (6) priority areas while highlighting how the Akufo-Addo administration has restored macro-economic stability in its first 22 months in office.
Source: TopNewsGhana|P.K Fordjour