General News of Saturday, 14 May 2016
Policy Advisor to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer Boakye Agyarko has accused John Dramani Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) of misuse of public funds to the personal gain of government officials at the expense of citizens.
“All the money the Mahama government has received has just gone down the drain, and into their pockets, with no accountability whatsoever. President Kufuor showed you a glimpse of what good governance should be like and the progress a country will derive from it. Nana Akufo-Addo, when you give him the opportunity, will do something never seen in Ghana’s history, so your businesses can grow,” he said.
He levelled this accusation at government while accompanying Nana Akufo-Addo to Abossey Okai in the Ablekuma Central constituency on Friday May 13, as part of a four-day tour of the Greater Accra Region by the flagbearer.
He stated that no government in Ghana’s history had had more resources, from loans and taxes, than the current Mahama government. Ghana, in his view, should therefore not find itself in the precarious situation it is in now.
He told a gathering of spare parts dealers that they were faced with 18 different taxes at the ports but a “Nana Akufo-Addo-led government will rationalise and simplify the tax system”.
“I can also assure you that the situation whereby your items are kept at the ports for weeks, without you being unable to clear them, will be a thing of the past. When your items arrive at the port, you should be able to clear them instantly and without any fuss.
“They will not be kept intentionally at the port so as to attract more duty and demurrage for government. These policies, I can assure you, have already been pencilled down and will be implemented once Nana Akufo-Addo wins power,” he expressed.
Volunteers for Akufo-Addo’, a group comprising spare parts dealers in Abossey Okai, pledged GHS200,000 towards the NPP’s campaign in Ablekuma Central, assuring further that they were going to send the NPP’s message of hope to every part of the constituency.