Listening to the Budget today, I felt very ashamed and disappointed as a Ghanaian who had high hopes for the future. A National Budget in a pandemic must offer hope and inspiration. This budget does not inspire confidence for the future of the Ghanaian youth. It kills the aspirations of young businesses and seeks to further worsen the plight of the poor and vulnerable through obnoxious tax regimes.
Over the last 40 years and more, I have learnt so much of this world that nothing fazes me anymore as a human being, especially as regards intrigues, backbiting, undermining, badmouthing, calumniating, denigrating, gossiping, maligning, scandalizing, slandering, traducing, vilifying, backstabbing and defaming.
The Daily Graphic published in its Thursday, February 18, 2021 issue a statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco under the headline: “Sahara dispute, American Proclamation Brings us Closer Solution.”
2021 Budget will ensure recovery and macroeconomic stability through well-thought out tax measures in a difficult time. In previous budgets, the NPP Government sought to ensure that economic growth and its benefits trickled down to all citizens; and that the benefits are tangibly felt by everyone. Nuisance taxes imposed by the previous Government were abolished and as a listening government, taxes that were earlier introduced such as the luxury vehicle tax and the adjusted Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax rates that had noticeable impact on the middle class were removed when concerns were raised by the public.
As I inch towards a second decade in the vocation of advocating for social justice, gender parity, maternal health and youth empowerment, I am constantly reminded of where some of the passion that drives me comes from.
Over the past few decades the boundaries of tourism have grown to include festival, cultural and ecological attractions. But the benefits of this development haven’t been extensively explored. These include attracting tourists who in turn make contributions to the development of the community. And stimulating the diffusion and commemoration of local culture as well as custom and ceremonies.
Today, March 9, 2021, is exactly one week since the Ghana government started vaccinating its citizens against the COVID-19 disease. As a physician that consults at the LEKMA Hospital, I joined the queue on the first day of the national exercise of deploying the vaccines.