The Deputy Northern Regional Treasurer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. John Kpeli believes that the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy is enough proof that the Akufo-Addo-led NPP administration is nothing but a walking contradiction.
According to him, while in opposition, President Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia made highly attractive and very tempting promises to innocent Ghanaian voters, only to come to power to stand strong and be doing the exact opposite of their uncountable promises.
Speaking about the taxes in the 2022 Budget in an Exclusive interview with InsiderGH.com, the Deputy Northern Regional Treasurer of the NDC stressed that no serious government will impose draconian taxes of this magnitude on its citizens, knowing very well that they [Citizens] are now struggling to recover from the heavy blows of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.
According to him, in today’s Ghana, government just gets up at anytime to throw up a policy and steps back to watch the public scramble to grasp it.
Making a case against the controversial E-levy, Mr. Kpeli stated that there was no paperworks and no consultation before it was announced in the 2022 Budget.
He added that even the Ministers, MPs and other government officials themselves don’t even know how the “thing” will work in practice.
He believes that the E-levy was not proposed to favor the poor but to rather worsen their already bad economic conditions.
He recounted how Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia stood on several platforms to say that taxation is a lazy man’s approach to governance.
According to him, Dr Bawumia and President Akufo-Addo promised the good people of Ghana that when given the mandate, they will move from taxation to production — “today, they are in power and all we can see is tax! tax! tax!” he added.
He stated that Ghanaians should judge for themselves if what the NPP are doing today is consistent with the promises they made prior to the 2016 and 2020 General Elections.
He also made made mention of the 15% increase in the charges on government services which is to take effect in January 2022.
He revealed that per the 2022 Budget, charges for government services such as vehicle registration and drivers’ license issuance by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), birth and death certificate issuance by the Birth and Death registry, passport issuance by the Passports Office among others will be increased by 15%.
In relation to that, Mr Kpeli stated that the fact that “the Akufo-Addo-led administration failed to put in place measures to revive the economy for the benefit of the citizenry but are only interested in maximizing revenue by taxing the already poor Ghanaians severely to death, goes a long way to explain how insensitive their administration is to the plights of Ghanaians.”
He indicated that, almost all the things the Akufo-Addo-led government are doing today are in direct contradiction to what they stood for prior to the elections that brought them into power.
He further urged Ghanaians to take note of the lessons the NPP are teaching them, and join hands with the NDC to bring Former President John Dramani Mahama back to power so he can continue the good works he started.