COVID-19 Is To Blame For These New Taxes From Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo Addo's Government (Opinion)
I am trying to find the best adjectives to describe the hypocritical tendencies of Kwesi Pratt apropos the budgetary statement read recently with the introduction of new taxes to cushion the economy.
Mr. Pratt is of the view that the NPP promised to grow the economy through production and not taxation so he cannot, therefore, understand why we have introduced taxes.
Mr. Pratt’s specious and perfumed but inwardly rotten sincerity on this matter leaves so much to be desired. He closes his eyes when good things are happening around us but quickly explodes when he believes something has gone amiss.
What he has failed to get is the fact that indeed the Akufo-Addo administration has been particular about production. That’s why the administration introduced the One District One Factory initiative which has seen to the opening of a number of factories.
Though some of the factories have started work, many are yet to come on board to augment the overarching desire of this administration to shift focus from taxation to production as a way of growing the economy.
In effect, the agenda to change this taxation-induced economy into a production-based one is on course.
What has become an obstacle, albeit momentarily, is the coming into town of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. It has stalled every single activity under the sun, and these includes those in the West.
It is also surprising that Mr. Pratt seems to believe that changing from a taxation-induced economic growth to one of production is an event. It is a process that takes years.
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia did not seek to throw dust into the eyes of Ghanaians with that pledge. The agenda continued until COVID-19 came to town.
If Pratt would be honest with himself, he would have realized that the Akufo-Addo administration abolished so many nuisance taxes upon the assumption of office. Taxes, hitherto, were not increased significantly. COVID-19 and its associated ills have brought this upon us.
Mr. Pratt is not being honest with his analysis over the matter. He is always driven by his dislike for President Akufo-Addo, hence these subjective and jaundiced viewpoints.
P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.
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