President Nana Addo has retorted that the provision of free services amid the COVID-19 pandemic is borne out of his commitment and care for the people in such a devastating moment in the country’s history.
This, he said in response to a claim by former President John Mahama that his government is only particular about providing freebies at the expense of infrastructure development for the nation.
But President Nana Addo in his 15th address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic intimated that he did rather provide these reliefs to save lives, adding that “it is the duty of a responsible and sensitive government to protect the population and provide relief”
“We are not providing freebies, we are providing critical help to households, families, and businesses in the midst of this pandemic because we care. It is my conviction that in times of crisis it is the duty of a responsible and sensitive government to protect the population and provide relief,” he emphasized.
So far, the government has offered at no cost to households, the supply of water. Electricity tariffs have been waved at a considerable rate to allow businesses survive and sustain their operations while the pandemic is being battled out of the country.
In addition to all these interventions, the Akufo Addo government has earmarked a whopping GHC100 billion under a programme, dubbed ‘CARES’ to support local business, and aid in infrastructure development to support the Ghanaian economy and lives.