Stop Pretending and Be Truthful To Ghanaians - Oppong Nkrumah Bares Teeth

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Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, is calling for the political class to stop pretending and put the national interest ahead of self-serving political considerations.

This comes amid stiff opposition to the proposed electronic transaction tax (e-levy) by the minority in parliament.

“The revenue generation measures since I started politics have never been exciting for Ghanaians.

We always find the political class being hypocritical while the government defends it. The moment power switches hands, postures change.

I think the political class should stop the hypocrisy because we all know that without confronting the revenue question, neither of us can fully develop the country to its full potential.

We have got to stop the hypocrisy, confront the real issues and tell Ghanaians the truth.”

The information minister spoke of how governments at times, necessarily, would have to make very difficult and unpopular decisions for the good of the society.

“The revenue question is bigger than whether or not we are making some money from road tolls.

The challenge we have in this country is that, legitimately, Ghanaians are demanding things from the government.

The government has only two ways of responding to those demands.

You either borrow or raise revenue. We are at a point where our debt to GDP ratio is close to about 80 percent.

It is not healthy for us to go further. We intend to raise some more revenue while plugging out the excess expenditure.”

The information minister said what everybody should do was to work together to ensure that revenues collected were properly accounted for – people must be held accountable for it.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta is urging Ghanaians to accept the e-levy, to end the situation where public sector workers and few other people in the informal sector continue to bear the burden of paying tax.

The e-levy, he said, represented a good opportunity to bring more people into the tax net to boost domestic revenue mobilization.

He added that “the e-levy represents our greatest opportunity to in the medium-term widen the tax base and meet the tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio of 20 percent as pertains among our peers”.

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