- Oppong Nkrumah has revealed that former government officials would be made to answer to tax waivers that they granted without due approval from Parliament
- According to him, the erstwhile government, between 2013 and 2016 granted several tax waivers without parliamentary approval
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The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has indicated that former government officials would be made to answer to tax waivers that they granted without parliamentary approval.
According to him, the Mahama government, between 2013 and 2016 granted tax waivers without parliamentary approval which according to him, was contrary to Article 174(2) of the 1992 Constitution.
“We will consider recalling those waivers to be brought here for ratification or requesting that the persons who granted them without recourse to Parliament should be invited before this House and possibly held in contempt for usurping the powers of Parliament," the minister said.
Oppong Nkrumah served the notice on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, while Parliament was considering the report by the Finance Committee for the approval of $23.9 million tax waiver for the Pullman Accra Airport City Hotel project.
According to this report filed by Citi News, the NDC Minority strongly opposed the tax waiver request, saying the project did not merit such a waiver.
Oppong Nkrumah, however, argued that minority must commend the government for seeking parliamentary approval for the request first before granting it.
“Saying the president has granted a tax waiver to a company called Platinum Properties is not true because, in accordance with the constitution, no President has the power to grant a tax waiver,” he said.
In other news, Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama, has joined the many lawmakers to add their voice to fight illegal small scale mining.
She is calling for public support and commitment towards the fight against illegal small-scale mining and the preservation of the country’s water bodies.
According to a report filed by CitiNews, the minister said that the issue of stopping galamesy activities from polluting water bodies required a collaborated effort devoid of politicization.
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