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Ghanaians Are Going To Smile After 2021 Budget- Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Reveals

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The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said that as part of the post-Covid-19 economic recovery effort, the government is considering implementing innovative revenue mobilization initiatives to finance its projects.

Speaking to journalists in Accra on Wednesday, ahead of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy to be discussed on Parliament’s floor on Friday, the Ofoase Ayirebi MP stressed the need for the government to increase its revenue sources in order to launch useful projects for Ghanaians.

According to him, the government needs innovative revenue mobilization initiatives that will allow it to implement its policies for the fiscal year 2021.

“We have made great strides in our economy between 2017 and 2019, as the President highlighted in his speech to the country. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has dealt a huge blow to the economy. One of its devastating effects is that it has seriously hindered development.

 

“The result is that development has suffered, that our debt situation has deteriorated, and that COVID is a major reason. The assumption is that over the next four years, we must progressively begin what economists call fiscal contraction by attempting to reduce the debt burden.

“This means that we have to strive to collect some more money to finance some of our obligations, to fund current spending, and then to ensure that the ever-increasing needs of the people are met.

“As we prepare for the budget, it’s a good time to have a discussion about fiscal measures or tax measures. What can we do to increase the revenue from some old revenue steps more efficiently? Are there any new revenue measures that we should consider?” he said.

Ghana’s economy grew smoothly between 2017 and 2020 with improvements in various areas such as Gross Domestic Products (GDP) growth, micro-economic stability, single-digit inflation and CEDI stability. However, the influx of coronavirus pandemics has dealt a blow to the Ghanaian economy, eroding the gains made by the government.

However, touching on how the country could recover from the COVID-induced setback, the Minister called for all hands to be on deck.

 

He said that the country needs a concerted effort by the relevant stakeholders on revenue measures that will help get the country back to its previous state before the COVID-19 hits the country’s shores.

“I am encouraged that now is the time for academia, civil society groups, people across the political divide who understand how to manage the economy and related issues to come together and begin to explore what will be the best revenue measures that will not burden people, but help us raise some more revenue to address the challenges that we are currently facing,” he said.

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Taxi Driver Transporting Human Body Parts To Fetish Priest For Sakawa Finally Arrested

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Taxi Driver Transporting Human Body Parts To Fetish Priest For Sakawa Finally Arrested

The Coaltar Police command apprehended a driver in the Ayensuano district of the Eastern region while he was transporting suspect human bones and a skull to a fetish priest.

According to the local police, the Unit Committee Chairman of Kwamekyere Electoral Area – Aware Isaac, along with two others, intercepted a Daewoo taxi cab with registration number GE 5063-15 with suspects – Awatey David Okra, 22, driver, and Amenuvor Nicholas, 20, on April 7, 2021 at around 10:30 pm from Suhum direction towards Kwamekyere, a community in the District for allegedly carrying human bones.

One other occupant managed to escape with a pan containing some unidentified materials. A search conducted in the taxi revealed a black suitcase containing some old bones suspected to be human bones.

The Coaltar Police command apprehended a driver in the Ayensuano district of the Eastern region while he was transporting suspect human bones and a skull to a fetish priest.

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Are You Aware Of The Ritual Killings In Ghana: You Have Made Ghana Hard – NDC Blast Akufo Addo In A Press Statement

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Are You Aware Of The Ritual Killings In Ghana: You Have Made Ghana Hard – NDC Blast Akufo Addo In A Press Statement

In a statement, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) expressed condolences to the family of the ten-year-old boy who was killed by two teenagers at Kasoa for “money ritual purposes.”

The statement urged President Akufo-Addo to expedite investigations into unsolved crimes committed in the country since he assumed power.

Read the full statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS ON THE MURDER OF YOUNG ISHMAEL MENSAH ABDALLAH AT KASOA.

It is with extreme shock and disbelief that the National Democratic Congress received news of the gruesome murder of a ten-year-old boy called Ishmael Mensah Abdallah at Kasoa in the Central Region by his own teenaged acquaintances for ritual purposes.

The Leadership, as well as the entire rank and file of the NDC, join the family and friends and, indeed, the entire nation, in mourning the loss of this young and promising boy much beloved by his family and community.

It is the expectation of the National Democratic Congress that the appropriate authorities will ensure that the bereaved family are comforted by the swiftness of the application of the law to punish the perpetrators and all who may be behind this dastardly murder.

The NDC has taken due notice of the fact that there appears to be a fashionable craze toward the acquisition of quick wealth by many of our countrymen and women and the youth in particular, without the attendant hard, morally sound and lawful means of obtaining the same.

We deem this development as a dangerous trend that has to be condemned and discouraged by all and sundry.

It is a development that the NDC is unquestionably opposed to, or else we risk bequeathing to the youth, a practice and a lifestyle that cannot build this nation.

We further wish to draw the attention of the Akufo-Addo government to the plethora of crimes whose resolution has dragged on interminably, thus, encouraging the perpetuation of the culture of impunity.

We encourage the youth to look out for honest, hardworking, and accomplished persons as their role models.

The wealth that has been improperly obtained, should never be an attraction for the upcoming youth of this great nation.

In this regard, we call on the Akufo-Addo government to speed up investigations and crank the wheels of justice so that the country can rid itself of the odious reminder of this unfortunate event.

May the soul of young Ishmael Mensah Abdallah rest in peace.

ISSUED ON FRIDAY 9TH APRIL, 2021

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KAKRA ESSAMUAH

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

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Fresh Details Of The 10-Year Old Boy At Kasoa Who Was Burnt By Angry Weed Smoker

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Fresh Details Of The 10-Year Old Boy At Kasoa Who Was Burnt By Angry Weed Smoker

A 10-year-old boy suffered severe burns to his body after being set on fire by an enraged weed-smoking teenager at Amanfrom in Kasoa.

According to a starrfmonline.com report, the suspect was enraged by the fact that the spiritualist Kojo Samuel had told his mother that he was addicted to weed smoking.

Hammer, as the suspect is known, reportedly purchased petrol and stormed the home of the spiritualist to burn him and the family.

Speaking to Boagyan, the spiritualist said his wife noticed the suspect approaching and informed him so he managed to escape but angry Hammer turned his fury to the child and set him on fire near the house.

The incident occurred Friday evening at Ngleshie Amanfrom near Kasoa in the Ga South Municipality of the Greater Accra Region.

The victim is currently in critical condition at the Ngleshie Amanfrom Polyclinic.

The Amanfrom Police is investigating the matter.

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