2024 Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama has promised to scrap nuisance taxes overburdening Ghanaians if he wins the next general election.
According to the former President, even the free water and electricity government promised households during the COVID pandemic, it has made a U-turn to levy Ghanaians.
For him, it’s simply a reflection of desperate measures adopted to stay afloat after recklessly spending resources with impunity.
“There are no jobs and the little people are earning from betting, you are taking it away from them. Water and electricity government claims we consumed for free, we are being levied to pay back. When we (NDC) come, we will abolish the E-levy, BET tax, COVID and all other nuisance taxes” he emphasized.
Mr. Mahama who is on a tour day tour of the Western Region was addressing a Town Hall meeting with Chiefs and people of Apowa in the Ahanta West Constituency.
This is not the first time the former President has made such pledges.
It will be re called that in the wake of the recent public outcry about the high cost of dialysis treatment, Mr Mahama added his voice to calls for the abolition of import taxes on medication and kits.
Mr Mahama said at an event to mark 2023 United Nations International Day for the Aged. ….. “The explanation I have read from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital cites the increase in taxes and duties of materials for dialysis treatment as the main reason for their decision to hike the price by a hundred percent. As an immediate measure, I call on the government to exempt medication and kits for dialysis treatment from taxes and duties to maintain this critical lifeline for patients whose survival depends on these treatments”.