Use Tax Payers’ Money Wisely — Nduom

Paa Kwesi NduomThe presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in the 2012 general elections, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has called on the government to use tax payers’ money wisely.

According him, government has no reason not to improve the lives of tax-payers if the 2.5 per cent increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) was implemented.

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom was reacting to a Minister of State in charge of Financial and Allied Institutions, Fifi Kwetey’s assertions that, “monies for development do not drop from heaven; they come from taxes”, when the Minority walked out of Parliament on Friday and accused the Majority in Parliament and government of pushing the bill through without any debate or input from the Minority.

Mr. Kwetey, incensed by the decision of the Minority to walk out in protest over the 2.5 per cent increase in VAT, posited that the Minority members cannot claim to want development and lobby for it in their respective constituencies and walk out of Parliament during the passing of a Bill that would bring money for development.

“You can’t eat your cake and have it, monies for development do not drop from heaven…they come from taxes,” Mr. Fifi opined.

Responding to the issue on his Facebook wall, Dr. Kwesi Nduom,  however, agreed with Mr. Kwetey utterances but advised government to “carefully” use the tax payers’ money.

“Monies for development do not drop from heaven; they come from taxes, agreed. Our taxes, what we Ghanaians work hard to pay to government, must be spent with care, on projects that will improve the quality of our lives and those who decide how much we should pay, must not treat the tax burden casually. Taxpayers deserve respect,” he said.

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