The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson has accused the Akufo-Addo government of mismanaging the country’s resources.
He said the country’s economic hardship should not be blamed on the Covid-19 pandemic but the mismanagement of the current administration. He hinted that in the year 2020, an amount of 55.34% of the country’s tax revenue was used for the purposes of paying interest on borrowed money, which he said, was 46.22% in 2019 – before Covid-19.
“Mr Speaker, how can anybody just turn around and come and blame Covid. The problem is not Covid, the problem is mismanagement that is what the problem is. It is your mismanagement that has created the mess and you can not blame Covid.”
“Mr Speaker today we are confronted with a situation of government saddling us with public debt. Public debt to the extent that we have to pay with the option that Ghanaians must pay in the form of taxes.”
Mr Ato Forson further said the taxes proposed by government are too harsh and is likely to impose hardship on Ghanaians.
“Today they have introduced taxes all of us are worried about, the ordinary Ghanaian is complaining because the taxes are so harsh,” he stated emphatically.