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Replace COVID-19 levy with Pandemic Levy – Lecturer tells gov’t

Dr Samuel Afriyie, Senior Marketing Lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU)

Senior Marketing Lecturer at the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) Dr Samuel Afriyie has called for the renaming of COVID-19 levy as Pandemic Levy.

He said the decision to maintain the levy in the 2024 budget statement by the government does not serve the purpose on which it was established, after the end of the disease in the country.

There have been several calls for the scrapping of the levy to cushion the people amid the current hardships in the country.

But, the Finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, presenting the 2024 Budget Statement on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, in Parliament, made no mention of the 1.0% COVID-19 Recovery Levy.

Dr Samuel Afriyie in a panel discussion on Otec FM’s morning show ‘Nyansapo’ said he was expecting the scrapping of the levy.

“I was expecting the government to scrap the COVID-19 tax because the disease is no longer in the country, as stated by the President Nana Akufo Addo in his COVID-19 update address.

“If the government wants to keep the outlived COVID levy it should be renamed ‘Pandemic Levy’, to take care of disasters that might hit the country, like the Akosombo Spillage,” he told the host, Captain Koda.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Francis Appiah

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