A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, has chastised the party’s MPs for failing to live up to expectations of the party and Ghanaians at large, when it comes to “critical national issues”.
His comment is in reference to the passage of three revenue bills in Parliament on Friday (31 March). The bills are expected to play a critical role in restoring Ghana’s economic stability and growth.
Appearing on Asaase 99.5 Accra’s news analysis show The Forum on Saturday (1 April), Samoa Addo said: “As we sit here, there is no official opposition in government.
“I and the majority of our NDC members have lost trust in our MPs,” the lawyer and NDC member said. “They have failed us on critical national issues.”
Don’t criticise Akufo-Addo
“So, if we are doing a government of national unity, let’s do a government of national unity, which is clearly what we are doing now.
“I don’t expect anybody to criticise President Akufo-Addo for the size of his government any more because we’ve added more ministers and it was a parliamentary decision. And I didn’t see the NDC standing up and voting en masse,” Samoa Addo said.
“The Parliament of Ghana is working in the national interest of Ghana, three bills that impose extra taxes on Ghanaians, at the end of the month if you look at the amount of taxes, how do you expect the ordinary businessman to survive?” Addo asked.
Listen to Samoa Kpakpo Addo in the attached audio clip below:
The three revenue bills are the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, the Excise Duty and Excise Tax Stamp (Amendment) Bill and the Growth and Sustainability Levy Bill.
The government is seeking to generate roughly GHC4 billion a year to supplement domestic revenue.
Watch the full programme in the video clip attached below:
According to the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Ernest Addison, the passage of the revenue bills will conclude the requisite prior actions agreed on in the staff-level agreement to advance the US$3 billion programme for Ghana to the IMF executive board.
The cash injection will help to ease the country’s economic difficulties.
To this end, the Monetary Policy Committee press release noted that “on fiscal policy, the committee noted that the Budget Statement for 2023 has set fiscal policy on a consolidation path which is consistent with key elements agreed with the IMF at the staff level in December 2022”.
Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra
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