Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Isaac Adongo has stated emphatically that President Akufo-Addo swindled Ghanaians with COVID-19 freebies.
To him, such acts by the president during the peak of the pandemic were the biggest deception and fraud on the Ghanaian people.
It could be recalled that the government, through the caretaker Minister for Finance, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu in delivering the 2021 budget last week announced the government’s proposal of introducing six new taxes.
Which included a COVID-19 Health Levy; 1% increase in National Health Insurance Levy and 1% increase in flat VAT rate as well as a 30 pesewas increase in fuel prices to take care of excess power capacity charges (20 pesewas) and Sanitation and Pollution Levy (10%).
Speaking on Citi on their Eyewitness News, Hon. Adongo made this assertion where he condemned the decision to introduce some new taxes to make up particularly for its COVID-19 expenses, describing the move as insensitive to the ordinary people.
“At a time when a lot of people are at home and businesses are struggling to run, where do you think they will get the money? It means that the little that they will get which they could plow back to run their business, you are coming to collect it from them,” he affirmed.