Gov’t ups fight against growing economic inequalities

Kumasi, Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Ms. Mavis Hawa Koomson, has expressed deep upset with growing economic inequalities in the Ghanaian society.

She noted that in spite of the numerous interventions introduced by past governments to create economic opportunities and lift many out of poverty, not much progress had been made.

Poverty among, especially the rural population, had continued to remain unacceptably high, she added.

Ms. Koomson, who was speaking at the joint inauguration of the Middle Belt Development Authority, comprising Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and Eastern Regions, highlighted the need to develop a coherent and robust strategy to deal with the situation.

A 10-member regional team for each of the regions to oversee the implementation of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) in this belt had been formed.

Ms. Koomson indicated that the IPEP was an innovation and sought to attract capital investments and promote business activities to raise income levels of the people.

It is the vehicle through which a number of the government’s socio-economic interventions including the US$1 million per constituency, one district one factory, one village one dam, water for all and others, is going to be implemented.

The Minister said the programme was a clear demonstration of the government’s eagerness and sincere commitment towards creating a society that worked for everybody.

Investment in capital infrastructure – roads, water systems, dams, cottage industries among others would boost economic activities and substantially improve the living conditions of the people.

Ms. Koomson urged the regional implementation teams to identify priority projects that would speed up the socio-economic progress of their respective regions.

Source: Ghana News Agency