The Akufo-Addo government has been urged to be employ fairness and transparency as it is set to assist Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMES) in the country with some GH¢600 million following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daniella Mavis Mathias, a former Presidential Staffer, said although the move by the government to save businesses with the stimulus package was a step in the right direction, its disbursement ought to be done devoid of partisan politics.
“The virus, which whose impact has negatively hit many businesses, knows no NPP or NDC business. The government should be transparent. We don’t want it shared on party lines where people would be asked for their party ID cards as was characterised by food distribution during the lockdown period,” said Madam Mathias on Accra FM Wednesday.
The stimulus package, which has been described by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Ata as a good start, is part of efforts by the Akufo-Addo administration
to ameliorate the hardship on Ghanaian businesses.
However, experts and some labour groups including the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Ghana National Union of Traders Association (GUTA) have described the package as not enough to support the businesses.
Reacting to that, Madam Mathias backed the workers groups, stressing that extra funds can be drawn from the COVID-19 Trust Fund to support the ailing businesses which need the government’s support.
“We in the NDC agree with various trade unions that the amount is not enough…The President, in the run up to the 2016 elections told Ghanaians there is enough resources to develop the country. I expect his government to do something about it,” she added.
But Finance Minister Mr Ofori Atta has indicated that the Akufo-Addo administration is committed to ensuring that SMEs remain vibrant in order to create jobs for Ghanaians during the period of the coronavirus pandemic, reports Laud Business.
He said, this commitment is seen in the earmarked GH¢600million for SMEs to ensure they remain in business in spite of the impact of the COVID-19.
He was speaking at the launch of the coronavirus alleviation programme business support scheme, at the seat of government, the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday May 19.