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The Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has revealed that an amount of 400 million dollars is needed on a monthly basis to import fuel into the country.

This, he said, is the extent to which the economy has grown.

“The economy has grown to the extent that we need 400 million dollars to import fuel alone a month,” he said.

He made this revelation in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen on Wednesday.

According to him, as a result of the growth, “if the Bank of Ghana is not able to raise over 4 million dollars in a year, of foreign exchange for fuel, they would go to the black market.”

He went on to say that if the fuel mercenaries resort to the black market, the rate is determined, which weakens the cedi’s value.

The Defence Minister also urged Ghanaians to help build a strong economy.

He advised business entities to cease importing rice, chicken, toothpick, vegetable oil etc.

“Even today tiles that we produce in the country are being imported…All the things that can be produced in the country, why do you go to buy them from outside?” he asked.