The exchanges that happened on Metro Television’s Good Evening Ghana was on the coronavirus levy introduced by government in the 2021 budget statement.
According to Mr. Sam George, government is only being smart by making Ghanaians pay back the free electricity and water provided during the coronavirus outbreak.
He says, there is no doubt that Ghanaians have been paying double bills by the utility providers after the budget was presented. He believes government is hiding the truth.
He adds that government should have rather provided stimulus packages for Ghanaians and not introduce new taxes.
“People have started asking why the president provided free water and he is now taking back with Interest. Look at the tax rebate, government decided to target non Ghanaian companies. Most of these hotels in the country does not belong to Ghanaians but they are enjoying the rebate”. He noted.
Mr. Sam George believes that it is not every Ghanaian that benefited from the free electricity and water. However, every Ghanaian is being made to pay the coronavirus levy.
“Some neighboring countries are providing cash grants. If this is a government that has empathy and feels the pain of Ghanaians at this point in time what you should be looking to do is to kick start the economy by giving stimulus packages and not by taxing us. Now Ghanaians are getting taxation. They gave us one cedi and they are taking ten cedis from us. That’s exactly what is happening. Not every Ghanaian benefited from the free water but everyone is being made to pay the levy”. Sam George added.
In response, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah indicated that it is not right for Mr. Sam George to harbor such a mindset.
He adds that the coronavirus levy is for Ghanaians to help government in fighting the coronavirus pandemic in the future.
“We are only asking Ghanaians to support Government as the country keeps fighting the virus. It is not to pay for the free electricity and water. We have never said that. We said there will be coronavirus related expenses moving forward and we listed those expenses including vaccines, things for the health sector, health care infrastructure etc. And we said in moving forward Ghanaians will have to help government in some of these revenue measures”. He noted.
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