Metro Television’s Good Evening Ghana show hosted by Mr. Paul Adom Otchere has over the years risen in relevance as long as Ghana’s democracy is involved. Most pressing political issues of the country get discussed on this show with panelists coming from all the angles of the country’s political landscape. On the 30th of March 2021, Paul hosted information minister honorable Oppong Nkrumah and a member of parliament’s committee on information and communication, honorable Sam George. Issues ranging from the election of the Speaker of the eight parliament of Ghana, the approval of the minister nominees and as well as the 2021 budget were discussed. The show particularly saw a heated discussion of the 2021 budget that was to be brought to the chamber of parliament later that day. Even though both outspoken politicians briefly agreed on some trending issues like the budgetary allocations to the legislature and the judiciary that the people of Ghana are constantly debating on today, they clashed on issues like the covid-19 levy.
As Sam George plays the protagonist of the people by demanding fairer and better treatments for the average Ghanaian, honorable Oppong Nkrumah was forced to play the villain as he defends the executives’ budgetary allocations to certain sectors of the economy and proposed taxes on commodities like LPG. Both parliamentarians no doubt dazzled when delivering their various points in the heated debate that preceded parliament’s debate on the 2021 budget. As we await the outcome of the debate of the budget on the floor of parliament however, we can content ourselves with the fact that Ghana is blessed with young and vibrant minds like Oppong Nkrumah and Sam George who are very discerning of the plights of the ordinary Ghanaian and are very passionate towards making amends where it matters most.
According to Sam George, The Akufo Addo led regime ha displayed insensitivity by proposing a new tax (covid-19 levy) in a time like this when the average Ghanaian is still dealing with the harrowing effects of the rather disruptive corona virus pandemic. In response, honorable Oppong Nkrumah suggested that the tax was proposed to help government raise funds towards helping the average Ghanaian going forward and not to pay for expenses made in 2020 as suggested by the Ningo Prampram member of parliament. Both parliamentarians had to keep the host of Good evening Ghana Paul on his toes as they smartly quote pieces from the proposed budget to support their respective claims. However, one thing was clear from this clash and it is the fact that the beauty of Ghana’s democracy is the fact we constantly agree to disagree.
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