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The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with SEND Ghana have engaged the media fraternity on its analysis of the 2019 budget statement and economic policy of the government. It came to light that some important policies and concerns have not been provided for.
Presentation after presentation revealed government’s inactiveness in prioritizing and working towards achieving the goals of some key areas in the education and agriculture sectors and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country.
These came to light at the UNICEF and SEND Ghana forum to enlighten journalists on issues pertaining to the 2019 budget and its monetary allocations held in Accra.
Addressing the media, the Deputy Country Director of SEND Ghana, Dr. Emmanuel Ayifah said, the purpose of the forum is to ensure that the budget addresses the concerns of the Citizenry to inure to the benefit of Ghanaians.
“It behooves on us to ensure that the budget statement and economic policies in the country touches on every aspect which would inure to the benefit of all, he noted.
He explained further that, Civil Society Organization (CSOs) mostly engages government during the preparation stages of the budget to ensure the adequacy of the budget, hence “it’s the mandate of the organizations to analyze and evaluate whether the inputs reflects in the final budget.”
On tax, Dr. Ayifah indicated that government must enforce the implementation of the Tax Identification Number (TIN) to ensure all qualified Ghanaian are enrolled in the policy and to ensure adequate payments of taxes. He tasked government to embark on tax education campaign to educate the public on tax and ensure the citizens understand the reasons for paying tax and also develop close relations with taxpayer.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey