President John Mahama on Tuesday revealed that the Attorney-General (A-G) and Minister of Justice, has collected over GH¢70 million from persons, institutions, etc who benefited wrongfully from the state.
Explaining what government is doing to reclaim monies paid to individuals in corrupt and dubious, the president said: “Money wrongfully paid to people was being recovered, all in line with his commitment to stamp out corruption.”
Making reference to investigations into the alleged financial malfeasance involving 163 directors of the National Service Scheme (NSS), he said the government had succeeded in retrieving GH¢20 million from them.
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President Mahama also pointed out during the question and answer section with the media that government has reviewed the 15% withholding tax on services to 7.5%.
“A letter has already been sent to the Speaker of Parliament asking for an amendment of that tax, a letter was sent to the speaker even before the outcry begun asking for a reduction of the 15% withholding tax on services to 7.5%,” he told journalists.