Ghanaian president to focus on anti-COVID fight, economic recovery in second term

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: President of the Republic of Ghana H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo speaks onstage during the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
FILE PHOTO: President of the Republic of Ghana H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will focus on the COVID-19 fight and economic recovery as his second term in office kicked off, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said here on Monday.

“Three key policy directives are high on the president’s second-term agenda. These are winning the COVID-19 fight, implementing a robust economic recovery program as well as rolling (out) the second part of the transformation agenda,” Oppong Nkrumah said.

According to the information minister, the country’s economy was impacted negatively due to the pandemic and the government can’t continue on the path of borrowing money to fund its programs.

He disclosed that the government will introduce a mix of measures in its 2021 budget statement to be presented to Ghana’s Parliament on Friday.

Akufo-Addo was sworn into office in January to commence his second term after winning the 2020 presidential election.