A former Member of Parliament for Adentan, Kojo Adu Asare has said there was no way the 2022 budget statement would have been approved by parliament, considering the composition of the house.
Adu Asare who argued that the budget was pointed at impoverishing Ghanaians and weakening businesses suggested that the economic policy for the government ought to be looked at again.
Speaking to Prince Kwame Minkah on Tonton Sansan on TV XYZ, Adu Asare explained that the rejection of the 2022 budget was imminent because the taxes stated therein were harsh which triggered anger among the youth.
“When I say the taxes imposed touched on the raw nerves of Ghanaians, I mean the e-levy. This is because everyone uses a phone today and the taxes will affect the poor,” he stated.
When Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta presented the budget to Parliament, he said the e-levy was to generate revenue to support businesses of Ghanaians and also fund road projects across the country.
The imposition of the taxes coupled with the removal of the 50% Benchmark Values on 32 categories of items at the ports led to agitations among the labour fronts as well as pressure groups who petitioned the Minority over the taxes and urged them to reject the policy.
At a final debate over the 2022 budget, the Majority staged a walk-out Friday, 26 November 2021, leading to the rejection of the Government’s economic planning policy.
The legislators on the government side had protested the presence of Asiedu Nketiah in the house when Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta had been asked by Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to leave the chamber.
The NDC Chief Scribe believes his presence in the chamber at that crucial time was not wrong because he went there in the interest of Ghanaians who had reached out to him to whip the Minority MPs to reject the budget.
The Minority had raised red flags over the budget over some taxes they labeled “killer taxes” saying they would hamper the growth of businesses.
Adu Asare noted that the proposal of a 15% increment in services delivered by government agencies would have been a hefty blow on Ghanaians.
“Imagine that you give birth and have to get the child a birth certificate and you’re asked to pay for the certificate at a much higher price. How can you tax a child who cannot talk?” he quizzed.
Source: Myxyzonline.com| Ghana