The former deputy Minister of Power under the Mahama administration, John Jinapor has stomped on hopes of Ghanaians having their utility tariffs cut by the new NPP government, as promised them during the election campaign in 2016.
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He made the squashing statement in an interview on Joy News after the first budget statement was delivered by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah before Parliamentarians on Thursday morning.
"I want to state categorically that if Ghanaians think their utility bills are going to reduce under the NPP government, they should forget it. The government cannot afford to cut utility tariffs now," he said.
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The minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Attah in his Budget Statement address revealed that the Akufo-Addo led government intended to scrap at least 7 taxes, but made no mention of one of the most significant campaign promises the party made in 2016, which was to reduce utility tariffs significantly.
The 7 taxes to be removed are:
1. Abolishing the 1% special import levy
2. Abolishing of market tolls for Kayayei
3. Abolishing of the 17.5% VAT/NHIL on financial services
4. Abolishing 17.5% VAT/NHIL on domestic airline tickets
5. Abolishing 5% VAT/NHIL on real estate sales
6. Abolish import levies on spare parts
7. Replace 17.5% VAT/NHIL with 3% flat rate for traders