Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) wants the government to make public a comprehensive financial statement on its emergency COVID-19 expenses in the country.
According to ICU-Ghana, the Ghanaian worker will understand the government’s plight and bear any hardship when the government lays bare the figures on COVID-19 cost and expenditures.
Speaking on Ghana Kasa on Kasapa FM 102.5 on Tuesday, the General Secretary for Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICWU), Solomon Kotei said Ghanaians deserve to know the state of the many donations ending the year 2020 from corporate bodies, churches among others to the COVID-19 Fund.
“Up till now, nobody has been able to account to us the debt accrued as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. We all know about the COVID-19 levy Ghanaians are supposed to pay. That aside we also know of the foreign donations that came in as a result of the COVID, all summed up what is the debt left for Ghanaians to pay,” he questioned.
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the economic well-being of millions of Ghanaians.
The economic impact of the covid-19 became worst in the country’s two largest cities, Accra and Kumasi, which underwent a partial lockdown for over three weeks in April 2020.
The government introduced a variety of interventions to assist several months of free water and free or subsidized electricity services to public utilities customers; soft loans to qualified micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises; and an initiative, implemented in partnership with faith-based organizations, to provide free food and other essentials to those in need in Accra and Kumasi during the partial lockdown.
However, the government’s silence on salary increment has sparked agitation among Ghanaian workers during the just ended Workers Day Celebrations.
President Akufo Addo addressing workers during the celebration held over the weekend only informed Ghanaians that there would not be salary increment for the Executive Arm of Government.
Mr. Kotei in response to that pointed out that there is no doubt COVID-19 has had a ripple effect in the system and all of that should be disclosed to the Ghanaian people.
“There should be a detailed account so that we know the extent of the crisis especially as government supported the masses in power and water. But we have not heard anything yet so what debt are we going to pay for?”
“If government is listening we need proper account for Ghanaians to be informed. We all know that COVID-19 brought major shock to all economies in the world. We witnessed the lockdown in the major cities in the country, Accra and Kumasi so definitely there would be challenges so we want to know,” he stated.
Source: Ghana/Kasapafmonline.com/ Isaac Dzidzoamenu