Government has clarified that the disputed GH¢ 6 million allocated for “Government Communications” as captured in the 2020 budget will be used to disseminate information about the status of government’s flagship programs to the public, ABC News can report.
The Government’s explanation follows red flags raised by the Minority Caucus in Parliament concerning the said allocation. The Minority contends that the budgeted amount for “Government Communications” as stated in the budget is a deliberate ploy by the NPP government to siphon state revenue for ‘party communicators’
However, in a quick rebuttal, the Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide, in a radio interview on Accra-based Okay FM which was monitored by ABC News, described the allegation as baseless and unsubstantiated.
He indicated that allocation was made to enable the proper dissemination of information about the government’s flagship programs including the Free SHS, 1D1F, 1V1D, Planting for Food and Jobs among others to the general public.
The Minister explained that the initiative will help promote transparency and all-inclusive governance. He further noted that the initiative will, in the course of spreading the information, help the government to solicit ideas from the general public on how best the these initiatives can be implemented.
Mr Hadzide continued that the allocation will help the Ministry of Information, which will spearhead the initiative, be well resourced and well-positioned to be able to communicate the status of the flagship initiatives to Ghanaians without any hindrance.
“The GHS 6 million budgetary allocations will help disseminate the state of governments flagship programs. For instance, if Ghanaians want to know about planting for food and jobs in order to apply, the allocation will help the ministry to assist in that regard”, the deputy minister for Information emphasized.
He continued that “there is the need for proper communication between government and the general public concerning the flagship programs of government. This can help the government to solicit ideas from the public concerning these programs. This is an opportunity that Ghanaians deserve. We are not running an opaque and closed government. Running such a government breeds corruption and bribery. We are a transparent government and do not want to hide things in secrecy. It is the work of the Ministry of Information to disseminate such information.”