Spokesperson for Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Dr. Gideon Boako, has disclosed that government would soon embark on a nationwide clampdown on illegal importers as part of measures to increase revenue generation.
He said some importers smuggled through unapproved entry points from neighbouring countries; a move he said is denying the state huge sums of money needed for development.
Speaking on UTV's “Mpu ne Mpu”, he cautioned the importers involved in the criminal acts including truck drivers and their agents to desist from the criminal activity to avoid prosecution.
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According to Dr Boako, the recent reduction in import levies should encourage illegal importers to channel their products through the right avenues to ensure effective revenue mobilization for national progress.
He explained that Vice President Dr. Bawumia and the Economic Management Team, upon thorough investigation into the concerns raised by importers regarding high import duties, have come up with an opportunity to help Ghanaian importers by reducing import levies drastically.
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