Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa West, Peter Lanchene Toobu, has heavily criticised the Akufo-Addo government for imposing new taxes on Ghanaians coupled with frequent power outages.
The retired police officer kicked against the the new levies and said they had brought about hardship in the country especially as power producer, Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) has announced there will be frequent power cuts till the end of June.
The MP who was speaking on Dwaboase on Power FM stated the Coronavirus pandemic has “destabilized the economy” therefore the NPP government should have been sensitive to the plights of Ghanaians by withholding the taxes to allow businesses revive.
“Players in the hospitality industry are suffering. Many hotels have collapsed and people can’t pay their workers yet the best thing you do is to slap taxes on Ghanaians,” Toobu lamented.
Blaming the government for the intermittent power supply, he said “the dumsor effect in 2021 and beyond will be far greater than the dumsor effect of 2016.”
“The economic environment is so weak,” he noted and explained that the government should act to deal with any challenge that is causing the power outages.
Commenting on the government’s assertion that they are the best managers of the economy, Sup RTD Toobu indicated that the Akufo-Addo government was rather incompetent because their only solution to dealing with the economic crisis was to slap taxes on Ghanaians, which they kicked against in opposition.
“The fact is if the government is doing well, the people will feel…The good work of government ought not to be communicated. I need to feel it,” he added.
He concluded by saying the government was confused hence the “dumsor” and the new taxes Ghanaians are battling to the detriment of their businesses.