Minority leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, has asked Ghanaians to ready themselves for hard times as there will be hikes in goods and services.
According to Mr. Iddrisu, the introduction of new taxes by government in the 2021 budget statement is a clear indication that prices of commodities will go up.
The NDC Member of Parliament added that “there is no hope” and that the Ghanaian worker will be worse off.
“…there’s no hope; Ghanaians must brace themselves up for increased hardships and increased suffering because it means that there will be petrol hikes, with the Esla that they [government] described a year ago as a nuisance tax. They are back to it as a credible source of revenue.”
The lawmaker took a swipe at government as a result and described its U-turn move as a “lack of principle.”
Mr. Iddrisu further said that the Ghanaian worker will be disappointed.
“The workers of Ghana will be disappointed because minimum wages have not been determined, public sector wages have not been determined. This is the first time this has happened since 2014. So it means that compensation is likely to erode any gains that we are likely to make.”
Acting Minister for Finance and Majority Leader in Parliament Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu last week presented government’s budget statement for 2021 on behalf of Mr. Ken Ofori Atta (the immediate past Finance Minister and currently Finance Minister designate).
Mr. Ofori-Atta is receiving medical attention in the UK after he suffered complications from COVID-19 when he recovered from the virus.