President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has boasted his government’s effort to sustain all public sector jobs despite the harsh economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said although most businesses in the country laid-off workers as a result of the pandemic the public sector maintained its working force.
Delivering his first State of the Nation address of his second term on Tuesday, March 9, President Akufo-Addo said: “According to the COVID-19 Business Tracker survey conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank, the covid-19 pandemic has led to job losses with many Ghanaian businesses and firms being forced to cut cost by reducing staff hours, cutting wages and in some cases, laying off workers…”
“This survey again showed that about 770,000 workers had their wages reduced and about 42,000 employees were laid off during the 3-week partial lockdown imposed on the Greater Accra and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan areas and their continuous districts Tema and Kasoa.
“Government, however, succeeded in protecting the jobs and income of all public sector employees,” he noted.
The President that: “Indeed the cost of COVID-19 has been enormous. Our overall economic growth rate for 2020 was reviewed downwards from 6.8 per cent to 0.9 per cent, the non-oil economy was also revised from 6.7 per cent to 1.6percent.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana