Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has weighed in on the debate over the approval and otherwise of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy which has generated wild controversies in the country right from the day the Finance Minister presented it.
He cautioned legislators from using their entrenched positions to obstruct the government’s lawful functions.
According to him, the government’s only option for raising the much needed revenue to meet Ghanaians’ requests is to levy taxes.
“We have been fortunate in our political journey to have moved on from a period of one political party dominating everything,” he stated.
He added that “today, at least the two main political parties have all been in government. If we are honest, we will agree that there is no perfect government and there will never be as long as we have different points of view.”
According to him, ” if we are honest, we will also agree that there are no people in this world that love paying taxes, and yet there is no other way conceived by the human mind by which government can raise the resources to meet our needs other than by raising taxes.”
“I do not know of any form of taxes that is less painful than others. So at last, government, by all means, would have to raise taxes to meet our needs and if we are good citizens, we will pay our taxes,” he stated.
“We elect people to represent us to make sure there is some equilibrium in what governments do. It is to our good that our representatives in Parliament subject the national budget to the most rigorous scrutiny and to call for changes.”
He admonished government to “also have the humility to acknowledge and embrace the useful inputs from all sources, but our representatives need to bear in mind that it is not their role to either determine policy or to frustrate the executive from performing their legitimate duties.”