The Youth in Accountable Governance, a non-partisan movement of young people committed to promoting transparency, accountability, and good governance, is entreating Parliament to pass the outstanding revenue bills.
This, they believe is critical to promoting sustainable economic growth and improving the lives of all citizens.
In a press statement signed by the convener of the group, Benjamin Gyewu-Appiah, the youth group urged the government to pass these bills without delay and show their commitment to promoting good governance and accountability.
They also urged all members of the legislature to set aside partisan differences and cooperate for the benefit of the nation.
“We therefore call on all Members of Parliament to put aside partisan differences and work together in the best interests of the country”.
According to the group, the excise duty bill will help government raise revenue and lower the budget deficit, which will in turn encourage increased investment in social services including infrastructure, healthcare and education.
They explained that the Income Tax Bill would make sure that everyone paid their fair share of taxes and that the tax system was fair and equitable for both individuals and businesses.
They insisted that the Growth and Sustainability Bill will support sustainable economic growth and guarantee that Ghana’s natural resources are managed sustainably.
Government says the revenue bills are needed to help it t complete processes for about $3 billion International Monetary FundF deal as well as improve the revenue situation of the country.
The Finance Ministry, earlier warned that there could be serious challenges with the country, which may send shocks to the economy if the bills are not passed.
However, some businesses have warned that passing the revenue bills, particularly the Growth and Sustainability Amendment Bill could affect the private sector.
Mining and manufacturers are a few sector players kicking against the passage of the bills.
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