The Akufo-Addo government has nothing to show for the GHS220 billion it has borrowed since coming into office in 2017, the National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Sammy Gyamfi has said, and, thus, wondered what the same administration could do with the GHS7 billion expected to be realised per annum from the implementation of the 1.75 per cent e-levy proposed in the 2022 budget.
â€œThe Akufo-Addo government alone has borrowed GHS220 billion since coming into officeâ€, Mr Gyamfi told Awudu Iddrisu on Accra100.5FMâ€™s morning show Ghana Yensom in an interview on Thursday, 9 December 2021.
â€œIt is more than the cumulative debt incurred by the country since independence to the era of the Mahama administration because Ghanaâ€™s debt within that period was GHS120â€, he pointed out.
He stressed: â€œIn four-and-a-half years, the NPP, alone, has added GHS220 billion to the debt stock taking the total to GHS341 billion as of September 2021â€.
â€œIf you couldnâ€™t use GHS221 billion to build any good roads, hospitals and secondary schools, what then can you use the GHS7 billion per annum that would be accrued from the implementation of the 1.75% e-levy, for?â€ he asked.
Mr Gyamfi argued that the Akufo-Addo government has had a lot of revenue at its disposal for the development of the country than his predecessor John Mahama but has not used it for anything beneficial.
â€œThe IMF alone gave you GHS12 billion. John Mahama got GHS6 billion of oil money in four years. This government, alone, has accrued GHS20.6 billionâ€.
â€œJohn Mahama got GHS86 billion in taxes. This administration government got GHS167 billionâ€.
â€œTheyâ€™ve got more than double the taxes John Mahama gotâ€, he contrasted.
â€œWhat have they used the money for, for which they are now targeting 1.75% of our MoMo, bank transfer and remittance transactions?â€ he asked.
He noted that in 2020, alone, corruption swallowed GHS12.8 billion of Ghanaâ€™s revenue, according to the Auditor-Generalâ€™s report, â€œand now you want us to pay e-levy, a Bawumia tax for GHS7 billion every year?â€
â€œEven if you had reduced that by half, would there have been the need for an e-levy?â€.
â€œSo, the problem is not revenue; it is wasting the countryâ€™s resources on renting private jets for the president. If they cut down expenditure, corruption and waste, there wouldnâ€™t be any need to impose more suffering on the already-suffering Ghanaiansâ€, he noted.