2017 BUDGET STATEMENT TAKES SIDES

2017 BUDGET STATEMENT TAKES SIDES

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Views: 381 Member of Parliament (MP) for Issah-Daffiama-Busie Constituency in the Upper West region, Hon. Dr. Sebastian Sandare says the 2017 budget s...

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Member of Parliament (MP) for Issah-Daffiama-Busie Constituency in the Upper West region, Hon. Dr. Sebastian Sandare says the 2017 budget statement lacks balance and fairness.

He said tax wave on spare-parts importation was to benefit only few dealers and would not make any impact on the majority rural peasant. “For example, it will not benefit my constituency,” the Hon. MP cited.

He went on that tax wave on activities of head porters – “Kayayei” as they are commonly called in Ghana was a thoughtless move because the activity had a lot of human rights implications.

He said 80 – 90% of “Kayayei” girls were from the three regions in the North and most of them were victims of human trafficking, often they are raped, dehumanized, sleep in the open where they are exposed to all forms of abuse and whether vagaries, and their integrity insulted. “Who should do Kayayei?” the Hon. MP queried.

Also, he analysed that time frame for takeoff of the free Senior High School (S.H.S) policy was a dirty slap in the face of most parents and students who were currently in school because most of them voted for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) so that they could enjoy the police too only for to be told in the budget statement that the policy would cover students from September onwards.

The Hon. MP said with plans, per the budget statement, to improve district hospitals whiles building new ones for districts without hospitals was not new because the previous government had initiated the move.

Speaking to thebridge news in his office at the parliament house, the Hon.MP noted, per the budget, the government was not demonstrating enough commitment to grow the Shea nut industry in the three regions of the North, adding the industry had the potential to employ more youth from the area, but unlike the previous government building a Shea nut factory at Bupei in the Northern region, the current NPP government was more committed to the Cocoa and Coffee industries earmarking over GH¢ 2million investment in the Coffee sector alone.

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