The government mobilised a total of GH¢18.19 billion to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country for 2020 and 2021.
Government ended up spending GH¢12 billion out of the total figure generated within the period in question.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, when he delivered a statement in Parliament on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, on government’s Covid-19 response expenditure.
“Mr. Speaker, to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on businesses and households, ensure that economic activities recover and minimize job losses, government mobilised GH¢18.19 billion out of the programmed GH¢19.3 billion in 2020 from various funding sources,” the Minister said.
The government also allocated GH¢200 million for the provision of free water and electricity for lifeline consumers during the Covid-19 pandemic, but GH¢143 million was subsequently spent.
He explained that the government absorbed 50% of all “electricity bills for all residential and commercial customers.”