March 12, 2021

Former Minister for Works and Housing Samuel Atta-Akyea has said increases in taxes in the 2021 budget presented to the House on Friday, March 12, 2021 is the necessary thing to do since the county needs more revenue to provide reliefs to Ghanaians.

According to him Ghanaians are enjoying free electricity and water and questioned how that was going to be sustained. “Little pain is going to go for the general good of Ghanaians and we should embrace it”.

He further noted in an interview that this is a sensitive government which for the past two years has provided free electricity and water, and again those working in the public sector were never laid off, they had been cushioned till now.

“In this year’s budget what we are about to roll out would help us get out of the mess created, it is very uncharitable for anyone to say we are inflecting hardship on Ghanaians, the difference between relief and hardship is lost on those making that comment”.

He further pointed out that government is bringing a hundred billion into the economy and again, pointed out that the president of the United States of America Biden has done same for the US as COVID-19 has graded their economy down.

“He is bringing over one point nine trillion dollars to start the US economy, that is the sensible way to go, any other position is patrician and propaganda it does not help in building a nation”, he lamented.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/