NDC Communication Officer of Gbawe Lawrence Roland Arthur has said the mid year budget review presented to Parliament yesterday is a clear indication that President Akuffo Addo want to kill Ghanaians.
Speaking in an interview with Victoria Soglo on In him is life tv Mr Roland Arthur explained that Ghanaians were expecting some form of relief but the increase in Communication Tax and Energy Sector Levy is a clear indication that the President do not care about the cry and plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.
The Finance Minister declared “a state of emergency” in the energy sector, which he said is facing serious challenges.
He announced at least 15 new measures to address the energy sector challenges which include increasing the Energy Sector Levy (ESLA) from 17% to 21%.
“Government proposes to increase the Energy Sector Levies by ¢0.02 per litre for petrol and diesel and ¢0.08 per kg for LPG,” Ken Ofori-Atta said.
Government has also increased the Communication Service Tax to nine per cent from the initial six per cent.
Mr Ofori-Atta told the parliamentarians that: “The Communication Service Tax (CST) was introduced in 2008 at an ad valorem rate of six per cent. The tax is levied on charges payable by consumers for the use of communication services.
“Government proposes to increase the tax to nine per cent to develop the foundation for the creation of a viable technology ecosystem in the country.
“This will comprise amongst others putting in systems to identify and combat cybercrime, protect users of information technology and combat money laundering and other financial crimes. The increase will not be earmarked, however, the sharing ratio will be adjusted in such a manner that the national youth employment programmes continue to receive the same proportions as they are currently receiving.”
The Gbewe Communication Officer indicated that the New Patriotic Party when in opposition put pressure on the NDC not to increase petroleum prices but they are rather doing more than the NDC did.
He said Ghanaians should vote for the NDC John Dramani Mahama come 2020 to get Ghana out of the challenges its currently facing.