Edward Kwame Aklade, VoicesofAfrica mobile reporter in Accra, Ghana (4 December 2009) Sections of Ghanaians have reacted to the budget statement for the 2010 fiscal year presented by Government to Ghanaians in parliament on November, 19th 2009. In an interview with cross sections of the public, most of them expressed satisfaction provided the government will ensure the strict implementation of the contents of the budget.
Mr. Sena Crownford an entrepreneur said that the government idea to improve the community health based planing and services (chps) was a good one, citing an example that 'most of our food stuffs come from these rural areas and it is crucial for government to make their health a priority'.
The government in its budget statement intend improving the health conditions of the locals by expanding the community health planning and services by constructing an additional 29 compounds which will eventually give access to health care for about 14,500 people.
On her part, Madam Stella Quaye, a second hand cloth daeler said she does not understand what the budget statement is all about .she only indicated that she had heard people talk about the fact that government wants to do some things but she does not when and how. She further proposed for the relevant portions to be translated into other local languages for every body to read and understand. She added that the only way government can get the support of the citizenry is when they understand the policies.
Mr. Amo Hene, a student, however thinks there is nothing new in the budget since policies such as free basic education and road construction are old programs by the previous government, he added 'the budget read is only one of the political gimmicks fashioned by the government to run away from providing the basic needs of the people as the case should be'.
The budget, which was presented by the minister in charge of finance and Economic planning Dr. Kwabena Duffour, touched on areas under agricultural modernization, enhancing the free basic education project, unemployment reduction and infrastructural development.