|AFRO Applauds Government On Budget|
|Wednesday, 22 December 2010 15:39|
The Alliance for Responsible Opposition (AFRO) has lauded the government on the 2011 budget, describing it (budget) as a bold initiative by the government to reduce poverty and create conditions for mass livelihood and prosperity.
At a press conference in Accra, Mr. Lord Koranteng Hamah, National Coordinator for AFRO, noted that the 35 percent tariff on rice and poultry under the Common External Tariff in the budget will boost the local food production and reduce its import bill.
On health, he said the acceleration of the community Health-Based Service programme demonstrates a strong commitment towards improving a vital aspect of the social sector as well as recognises the right to affordable health care.
According to Mr. Hamah, the improvement of social and economic infrastructure will not only enhance the agricultural sector but promote private business and improve the standard of living of the average Ghanaian.
He said it is for this reason that AFRO condemns the reaction of Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, the 2008 Flag bearer of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) towards the 13 billion loans and the STX Housing, saying that he lacks recognition of infrastructural development in the developing world.
Jake Addo, a member of the National Council for AFRO, in his view said the 20 percent environment al tax, the extension of the talk, the extension of the stabilisation levy and the airport tax represents the attempt to shift the burden from the low income earners to the affluent in the economy.
Mr. Addo said the budget is very promising and recognises the need to stimulate growth for development in all sectors of the nation.
He however, was of the opinion that there should be greater transparency in all government activities and citizens should be allowed to participate in decisions concerning tax exemption in private industries.
He advised government to exhibit more commitment in the production of share nut since it is also a good area for export.
Mr. Addo suggested that the government should also make adequate provision for schools and health facilities in deprived areas to address challenges facing them.
He pleaded for the increase in security measures to ensure that subsidised fertilizers are not smuggled out of the country.
Source : ISD (Chantal Aidoo)