Ghanaian actor, Prince David Osei, has opposed the government’s intention to tax Ghanaians to now pay for the free water and electricity that has been offered as a COVID-19 relief package.
The taxes were unveiled by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who presented the 2021 Budget Statement to Parliament. He said amongst other things that the total Domestic Revenue and Non-oil Tax Revenue would constitute about 74 percent, amounting to GH¢53,632 million.
Altogether, the government is aiming at total revenue and grants for 2021 of GH¢72,452 million, equivalent to 16.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up from an outturn of GH¢55,132 million, equivalent to 14.3 percent of GDP recorded in 2020.
The Domestic Revenue is estimated at GH¢70,987 million in 2021 and represents an annual growth of 31.7 per cent over the recorded outturn for 2020.
This has caused a measure of uproar in Ghana and while sharing his opinion, the actor who is one of the popular showbiz faces who campaigned for Nana Addo and the NPP during the 2020 electioneering period, the move by the government is making some of them now look ‘mindless’.
“If we campaigned for #4More4Nana to do more on the premise of free water&electricity during the pandemic and we turn around to tax the people, then it makes some of us who championed the course look mindless!”, the actor wrote on social media.
Appealing to the President to find other means to pay for the cost of free water and electricity among other COVID-19 management expenses, the actor added that
“Pls Mr President I believe in you! There can be another way of recuperating the money lost other than citizens paying for the free usage of water and electricity you affectionately offered to them… Thank You @nakufoaddo”.
See his post below :