It is time for Ghana to arise and build. It is time for all Ghanaians to put their shoulders to the wheel and to speak the same “language” – ‘then nothing will be impossible for us.’
We must come together in a new partnership with our faith-based institutions, civil society, businesses, and government to create a powerful locomotive for transformation.
That is the call from Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister during the presentation of the budget to parliament on Wednesday.
He asserts that with President’s coordinated program of economic and social development policies will create ‘an optimistic, self-confident and prosperous nation through the creative exploitation of our human and natural resources and operating within a democratic, open and fair society in which mutual trust and economic opportunities will be created for all.
Mr Ofori-Atta says it is for the reason that the theme for the 2018 Budget is “Putting Ghana Back to Work”. It reflects the tools provided in the 2018 budget to energize the entrepreneurial spirit within every Ghanaian.
“The job of the Akufo-Addo Government is to assist the people with the tools and the environment to go out there to work and earn a decent living and improve their lives. We plan on providing the opportunity for as many Ghanaians as possible to initiate projects on their own” he said.
Referencing a quote from one of Ghana’s founding fathers J. B Danquah which states “We had neither an excessive means to suffer waste nor anytime to wait. The call to relief our country and people from a wretched existence is urgent and our watchword is this urgency for an early answer,” the Finance Minister stressed that Ghanaians as a matter of urgency must create an enterprise culture so that we can transform our newfound stability into a productive, industrialized, dynamic, open and responsible market.
“A society that eschews poverty of aspirations and with deliberateness celebrates, prepares and challenges the youth to discover and achieve their full potential” he added.