A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) communications team, Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe has chastised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party government for the untold hardship they have brought on Ghanaians since they took over power in 2017.
He says the NPP in opposition during the 2016 electioneering campaign emphasized on productivity instead of taxes to build the Ghanaian economy. But five years since assuming office, they have rather resorted to generating nuisance taxes to put more hardship on the ordinary Ghanaian.
Speaking on Original 91.9FM’s evening news on Tuesday, March 24, 2021, he wondered why the government will create new tactics to siphon monies from the already burdened poor taxpayer.
Lawyer Edudzi Tamakloe questioned if the entire 2021 budget allocation for the Ministry of Sanitation is 72 million Ghana cedis, why would the government introduce another tax known as “borla tax” to benefit over 320 million Ghana cedis from that – an act he described as ‘complete thievery” aimed at spending unnecessarily.
He’s therefore calling on the president to revisit his tactics of introducing nuisance taxes and stop siphoning illegal monies from the poor taxpayer.
Meanwhile, a member of the NPP’s communications team and former Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku Constituency, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye has debunked the assertions of lawyer Edudzi Tamacloe saying the new taxes are not a nuisance but rather aimed at generating revenue for other developmental projects in other parts of the country.
Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye added that the governing New Patriotic Party is focused on transforming the economy to the benefit of all therefore the introduction of new taxes in the right direction.
He also argued that it is through taxation the government can generate enough funds to complete all its intended projects earmarked before the end of 2024.
By: Daniel Badu | originalfmonline.com | Ghana