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1st May 2021: Ghana's day of multiple taxes.

Today, the 1st of May 2021, scanning across all social media platforms in Ghana, it seems to me that there is a national wailing as if the nation has been hit with a national disaster. Ghanaians from all walks of life are literary crying out and making complaints, all directed at the multiple taxes imposed by the government on several services which have all simultaneously taken effect immediately today.

The releases and public notices started flying around somewhere last week, notifying Ghanaians of an impending avalanche of taxes that was to descend on them come this day. Though expected, the taxes have become more painful today, the implementation day.

The LPG stations and the fuel pumps have changed their price boards this morning to reflect the upwards adjustments of prices of these essential products by the increase in energy levy; a tax imposed by the government.

The telecommunications sector has not been spared. From today, all calls made by Ghanaians in all the networks have been reviewed upwards too. The 1% increase in communication service tax takes effect today.

Electricity, which is erratic in supply and water, which was has also become a scarce commodity have all become a subject of discourse within the context of taxes.

Take a minute of your digital time and walk through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and comments under post of news portals, and you would understand the feelings of Ghanaians on this day. People are angry, feeling betrayed and showing it clearly through their comments.

Betrayal coming from the several mouth watering promises they believe from Akufo Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP). Particularly, the promise by Dr. Bawumia that, the NPP will move from taxation to production. The opposite of the promise is now what they are witnessing.

Let me say that, if this were to be in the recent past, the country would have been plunged into demonstrations and public outcries.

In the meantime, the cries, and anger are being expressed only on social media, in written forms. Perhaps, the government will feel it and do something about it. 

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