We May Soon Be Taxed for the Air We Breathe – Bawumia Comes Down on Gov’t at Tema


During Bawumia’s Tema tour, he frowned at the issue of government having to tax the people at any given opportunity

Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, running mate of New Patriotic Party’s Presidential candidate, during his tour in Tema came down on the present government over the recent taxing controversy which we thought has been reconciled. As part of his two-day tour in the area, Dr. Bawumia spoke to the business community and some workers of the Tema Port, including clearing agents and tertiary students in the Tema Central Constituency.

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During Bawumia’s Tema tour, he frowned at the issue of government having to tax the people at any given opportunity. According to Nana Addo’s running mate it is the government’s mismanagement of the economy that has led to the country not having enough revenue, compelling it to consider taxing a component of pension contributions and allowances.

Dr. Bawumia indicated that the NDC administration may soon tax Ghanaians for the air they breathe. He continued that the government has not been innovative enough to generate revenue without having to involve citizens. He said the Mahama-led government has failed in managing and growing the economy because it is totally broke and has resorted to using taxation as the only means of sustaining the economy. He however urged the government to “focus on growing the economy, focus on production and the economy will grow.”

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Dr. Bawumia toured the Tema East, Tema West and the Tema Central Constituencies as part of his working visit to strengthen the ties between the party leadership and the grass roots. He stressed that the goal of the NPP is “to make Ghana the most business friendly and the most people friendly economy in Africa”.

He also said there would be no more import duty on raw materials, pointing out that the NPP government will repeal special import levies and import duties on machinery for production and would encourage people to bring in such equipment for the production of goods and services in the country.