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What could be the cause of Ghana’s present woes?

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What could be the cause of Ghana’s present woes?

Travel anywhere to West Africa but as soon as you land in Ghana’s capital city Accra, right from it’s most modern airport to the network of first class roads spreading to most parts of the country, the flyovers and complex interchanges, or the high rise buildings and residential estates in different neighborhoods along with shopping centers, finest restaurants and bustling night life, increased rural access to electricity, water, free education, attempts of improving healthcare, agriculture(let’s do more!) and manufacturing industry, in addition a higher use of technology in every sphere, one can clearly see that Ghana along with it’s hallmark democracy and peace is indeed Africa’s icon of development.

This progress however led to the piling of huge debts the country took from development partners or bonds issue. Payment of this debt which is now higher than 90%of its GDP can only happen through government revenues, the majority of which needs to come from its tax base. The challenge is the widespread avoidance of duties at the ports, non filing of VAT by the retailers, zero income tax from small medium businesses, compromising of electricity or water meters by the households, reluctance to repatriate export proceeds, and thereby turning these and other such non-compliances as the root cause of our present woes.

Fellow citizens of Ghana, no matter which Finance Minister or political party we bring into power, until the time we do not grow the culture of honesty, integrity and good tax payments to the goverment, we will face economic crisis time and again.

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It’s time that a strong leadership should drive away corruption, create a tax compliant level playing field for businesses, and inspire citizens in becoming responsible to do what is right. Youth of the country must adopt such progressive values for a greater future.

For fixing the mess Ghana is in today the buck starts from each one of us, including the matured leaders of the ruling party, the opposition party, as well as the seasoned bureaucrats of the Government. A call for national unity to outline immediate reforms and their united implementation is the need of the hour.

 

 

Source: Amar Deep S. Hari

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