Alan Criticises Gov’t Over Economy

Alan KyerematenAn aspiring flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr. Alan Kyerematen says government has become bereft of ideas, and clueless with how to push Ghana’s economy forward.

In a statement in reaction to the recent tariff increase in electricity and water, as well as the new VAT on financial services, he said such revenue collection moves by the government were rather aiding the collapse of the economy.

“The government lacks creativity with its desire to raise revenue,” he said, insisting that, “Revenue collection should not contribute to increased hardships on the people.”

“In the midst of the economic situation that we find ourselves today, it does not make sense to increase tariffs on water and electricity; it is not the best idea to impose new VAT on financial services and it does not make sense to talk about increasing fuel prices even if it is being denied,” he reiterated.

Mr. Kyerematen said without doing anything to increase production in agriculture, as well as expanding the country’s export base, any attempt to hike levies will be counter-productive because of its effect on the ordinary Ghanaian, “who bears the brunt of all these increased hardships because of the government’s inability to run the economy.”

“The government has totally mismanaged the economy and become highly insensitive to the needs and feelings of the people,” Mr. Kyerematen said; and urged Ghanaians to start asking critical questions about how the economy is being run.

According to him, the country needs new ideas to propel the economy because President John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government have proved that they have lost touch with management of the economy, and also lost the trust reposed in them to govern the country.

“That is the reason why the people must be listening to the new ideas that some of us on the other side are proposing, to bring about the required change in the economy,” Mr. Kyerematen emphasised.

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