Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has sought to justify the introduction of new taxes by the government with the explanation that Ghanaianss need to pay for the debts.
According to him, the government introduced free water and electricity to alleviate the plight of Ghanaians when the Coronavirus pandemic struck, but the citizens need to pay for the debts incurred as a result.
Speaking to Evans Mensah on Joy News, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stressed the fact that the government has incurred a lot of debts after rolling out the free electricity and water policy thus those debts need to be paid for which is why new taxes have been introduced.
“That GH¢ 19 billion has to be paid for at some point. The liabilities we have incurred have to be paid for. COVID-19 expenses are going to be with us at least for the medium term… It does [include free water and electricity] which is part of the COVID-related expenses.”
The host expressed shock and asked why the free water and electricity was rolled out and now Ghanaians have to pay for it which means it was not free after all.
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