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Govt won’t introduce supplementary budget; it’ll rather cushion Ghanaians – Andrew Atariwini

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A regional communications team member for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Andrew Atariwini is confident that government would not impose more hardships on ordinary Ghanaians by introducing new taxes. Instead, the government would take the opportunity to introduce lifesaving measures that would help ameliorate the sufferings Ghanaians are going through.

He said this when he spoke on A1 Radio ahead of the Finance Minister’s visit to Parliament to read the mid-year budget review statement.

“I want to assure the people of Ghana that if you know how the NPP’s demeanour and actions have been over the regarding governance and attending to the needs of the people, it has been one that is surrounded with so much compassion.”

“One thing that I am going to assure Ghanaians is that the government is going to use this mid-year review to introduce any supplementary budget. No, that is not going to happen. You are also going to see the government demonstrate to the Ghanaian people its willingness to manoeuvre its way and cushion the Ghanaian people as far as the economic conditions we find ourselves in are concerned.”

Mr. Atariwini explained that this government, as with all other governments, has high hopes of meeting its revenue targets to that it can, in turn, deliver on its policies and programmes.

While admitting that “there are serious challenges, the government is working around them. We are going to see today, from the revenue generation side, measures being put in place.”

Meanwhile, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has called on the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta to take the opportunity the mid-year budget review presents to remove some of the taxes on the petroleum price buildup.

Also, ahead of the Mid-year Budget review to be read in Parliament today by the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori Atta, the Executive Secretary for the Importers and Exporters Ghana (IEAG) is wondering what has become of the government’s manifesto promise to redefine Ghana’s economy and move it from one that taxation based to a highly industrialized on that is production based.

Development Economist, Dr. Michael Adongo has also called on the Finance Minister to be honest in his delivery to Ghanaians at the mid-year budget review that is expected to happen in Parliament later today, Monday, July 25, 2022.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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