Minister of finance, Ken Ofori Atta in addressing Ghana’s parliament on Thursday, 23rd July on the Mid year review budget statement revealed that the amount of money spent on food packs and hot cooked meals distributed by the government to lessen the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Ghanaians during the lock down period in Accra, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi cost GH¢54.3 million.
A part of his statement to the house reads… “In collaboration with Faith-Based Organizations (FBO’s), Government also distributed dry food packages to about 470,000 families. Let me extend my deepest gratitude to the Faith-based organisations for this unique partnership with Government and may the Lord count this as righteousness for the FBOs and Government.
“Mr Speaker, the support to households, in terms of supply of dry food packs and hot cooked meals cost Government GH¢54.3 million to enable them mitigate the impact of the pandemic. This was in addition to an amount of GH¢50.2 million transferred to the 400,000 most-vulnerable individuals under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme”.
Meanwhile a section of Ghanaians have casted doubts on the figure quoted by the minister used on food, with some wondering how possible can such outrageous amount be spend on food for less than a month.