The Minister of Business Development, Dr. Mohammed Awal, has said President Akufo-Addo ”is committed to building a strong and resilient economy”.
The minister addressing students and management at the launch of 60th anniversary celebration of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) said, the government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the economy becomes strong.
He was however quick to add that,. This achievement would be impossible without the active role of the Ghanaian media.
‘’President Akufo-Addo is committed to building a very strong and resilient economy [but] we cannot do that without the support of the media,’’ he said.
Government he touted has maintained a robust economy, with interest rate dropping to about 25% despite being high.
The debt to GDP ratio he noted, has declined while inflation has also dropped.
He said, government is initiating and implementing policies like the one-district-one-factory among others.
The policy to support entrepreneurship has also been tremendous but we cannot achieve all these without the role of the media, he stressed.
The media must see themselves as not just reporters; please analyse the issues and inspire people to take charge of the economy.
He challenged the media to fight corruption and support government in its efforts so that, together we can help Ghana and government to take Ghana beyond aid, improve upon our lives and the welfare of the people.
‘’That’s all the Akufo-Addo government wants to do; improve the economy, improve lives of people and make Ghana work again.’’
He urged journalists to keep on learning and impact on society positively.
The event which was held at the forecourt of the school on Friday March 1, 2019, was under the theme ‘’Celebrating our past; Inspiring our Future’’.