VIDEO: Bawumia clarifies 'government to pay churches' says it was a joke
VIDEO: Bawumia clarifies 'government to pay churches' says it was a joke
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VIDEO: Bawumia clarifies 'government to pay churches' comment

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President and flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has clarified his recent statement regarding incentivizing churches, explaining that it was made in jest rather than as a serious policy proposal.

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Speaking during a meeting with the clergy in the North East Region as part of his nationwide tour, the Vice President stated that his remarks may have been taken out of context.

Dr. Bawumia highlighted that his comment was made within the context of acknowledging the significant contributions of churches and other faith-based institutions to the country, including the construction of schools, hospitals, and other essential facilities. 

He stated that such organizations deserved support to continue their impactful work.

His initial statement about incentivizing churches was initially made at a meeting with the clergy in the Bono East region on Friday, May 10. 

Dr. Bawumia clarified that the intention was to acknowledge their contributions and encourage them to do more, not to impose taxes on them.

During the meeting, Dr. Bawumia remarked, “Look at the number of hospitals the churches have built. Look at the number of universities the churches have built and the faith-based organizations have built. Look at the number of people the churches and faith-based organizations take care of on a daily basis. Can you imagine, just take a thought for a moment that you wake up tomorrow and all the schools, universities and hospitals the churches have built disappear. They just disappear. How would Ghana be like? Ghana will collapse. Isn’t it? We will not survive in this sort of situation because there will be chaos.

“So at that point I was joking and I said, oh…people are talking about taxing churches. I don’t believe, and we will not tax churches. Because if you look at the work the churches have done, then I was joking then, maybe we should have actually paid them for what they did, not really trying to tax them. But I wasn’t really saying we should pay churches, no. I am saying that we should give incentives to churches to do more.”

During the said meeting, the NPP’s flagbearer said, “Unless you don’t understand the work the church has done. If you are looking at the buildings, the way they keep the society together, the universities, the hospitals, the schools, it is massive. It is just massive. Many churches have hundreds of schools. So I don’t see and I will not have a situation where we are taxing churches.

“We will rather want to give churches incentives to support what the government is doing. I want us to be partners in the way that the development partners are with us. You are our domestic development partners and we will give you incentives to do more.”

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