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Gov’t ups fight against growing economic inequalities

By
Kwabia Owusu-Mensah GNA
     

Kumasi, July 19, GNA –
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.

GNA

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