An interesting, and I must say well written, article by Dr Frankie Asare-Donkoh in the November 11 issue of The Daily Graphic under the above caption caught my attention. The article was in connection with the rebirth of the proposed “mandatory towing levy”. The levy, GH¢5 - GH¢10 annually for most saloon vehicles, is intended to create a national pool to finance the towage of immobilised vehicles from our country’s roads. Dr Asare-Donkoh’s opinion appears well-intentioned but misses the point on several grounds. I will attempt to shed light on the perspectives he misses and hopefully enrich the conversation on whether the so-called mandatory towing levy serves us well.
Turning Ghanaians into lovers of taxes!! This is a daunting and near-impossible task. How can anyone love being taxed? Why would anyone want to give 25 per cent of his or her profit or turn in 20 per cent or more of his or her salary to government, especially when the argument has been the inability to ‘see’ what their taxes are being used for?
Rapid digital transformation is reshaping our global economy, permeating virtually every sector and aspect of daily life, changing the way we learn, work, trade, socialise, and access public and private services and information (The World Bank Group, 2019).
When a court of competent jurisdiction anywhere acts in excess of legal power conferred upon it by either the constitution or the rules of court, we say the judge presiding over that particular court has acted either without jurisdiction or in excess of jurisdiction and all judgments, rulings or pronouncements emanating therefore are null and void and of no effect.
Does the marking of a birth milestone cause us to look back with remorse over years past or with each additional year in age, trigger a reinvention of sort? Perhaps with the passing of time, come new depths of revelation, insights, new values and a profound appreciation for life. My encounter with Kofi Totobi Quakyi suggests so.
The National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS) launched in 2018 easily qualifies to be construed as a giant step by the government, to yet again, not only sanitise the public sector but to provide efficient and effective public services to Ghanaians.