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Gov’t utilised GH¢12bn out of GH¢18.19bn for Covid-19 fight – Ofori-Atta

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.”

 

Source: Citinewsroom.com|Ghana

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