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“Borla” tax; many Ghanaians and the media absent minded – President Ablorh

Media Consultant and Communications Strategist, Raymond Ablorh, has criticised government’s move to impose a Sanitation and Pollution Levy (SPL) of 10 Ghana pesewas on the price per litre of petrol/diesel under the Energy Sector Levies Act (ESLA) announced in the 2021 Budget Statement and Economic Policy presented to Parliament by Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu on Friday, March 12, 2021.

The social media influencer popularly known as President Ablorh in a sharp response to government’s intentions indicated that more explanation was needed on what is referred to as “borla” tax especially when an already existing environmental tax governed by Act 863 is in operation.

“There is already an environmental tax governed by Act 863. Could the media check and seek relevant answers for the people? These are the things the Paul Adom Ocheres must do. But, they aren’t and wouldn’t. Cash accrued from Environmental Excise Tax (EET) has not been used for it intended purpose of establishing a green bank for purpose of promoting recycling industries and projects related to environmental mitigations”, he said.

He added that it was fair to investigate how much government has collected from the people through the environmental tax and how exactly it has been used to improve sanitation.

Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu whilst presenting the 2021 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of government of Ghana announce the proposal to introduce Sanitation and Pollution Levy (SPL) of 10 Ghana pesewas on the price per litre of petrol/diesel under the Energy Sector Levies Act (ESLA) to provide resources to among other things, improve urban air quality and combat air pollution; support fumigation of public spaces, schools, health centres and markets; construct waste recycling and compost plants across the country; construct final treatment and disposable sites for solid and liquid waste.

Read his full statement below

THESE ARE THE THINGS THE PAUL ADOM OCHERES, EVANS MENSAHS, ETC. MUST DO. BUT, THEY AREN’T AND WOULDN’T. NEWS FILE MAY NOT CONSIDER IT IMPORTANT.

Too many Ghanaians including the media are simply absent minded. They just aren’t aware of what’s going on. Or, they, the media know but don’t care. Otherwise, people may ask for explanations to this “borla” tax when we already have environmental tax.

There is already an environmental tax governed by Act 863. Could the media check and seek relevant answers for the people? These are the things the Paul Adom Ocheres must do. But, they aren’t and wouldn’t.

Cash accrued from Environmental Excise Tax (EET) has not been used for it intended purpose of establishing a green bank for purpose of promoting recycling industries and projects related to environmental mitigations.

This could have been a clear case of 1D1F where recycling plant could have created green jobs and help cushion the economy.

It’s thus fair to investigate how much government has collected from the people via the environmental tax and what exactly it’s been used for. How has it been used to improve environment and sanitation?

That’s how citizens could be motivated to pay taxes.

Our media need to up their game in this regard.

Sadly, while many young people are locked up in soccer and entertainment halls, others are watching Asian telenovelas. And, people’s marital pin codes and bank account issues have engaged many minds so much that government could do whatever they like without citizens’ attention.

We just aren’t informed enough to hold our government accountable. And, many are absent minded citizens, actually.

Sadly, the few who may raise such crucial issues are seen as enemies who must be dealt with. Hmmm.

But, some of us will continue to expose stuff and tell the nation the truth without caring about who gets hurt by it.

Take the taxes, one by one, and, examine each bearing in mind their purposes.

President Ablorh.

Souce: Ghananewspress.com

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