Dr. Hassan Ayariga, the Founder and Leader of the All Peoples Congress (APC) is angry that the National Identification Authority (NIA) is spending a whopping $1.2 billion of Ghanaian tax payer money for the registration of the Ghana card for only 27 million of its citizens.
He said India recently did a similar registration of its 1.3 billion citizens with only $1.7 billion, asking “how come it is costing Ghana $1.2 billion to register only 27 million citizens? In the erstwhile regime, the cost of acquiring a fast track Ghanaian passport was Ghc 100.00 and Ghc20 for a birth certificate. Today, per their budget we are paying Ghc 200.00 for an ordinary National Identification card. How ridiculous!
No country in the world pays that much for an ordinary ID card. Under the NPP Government ID card is more expensive than that of a Ghanaian passport and birth certificate put together. Interesting.
This is corruption at its highest level. Really, this is unacceptable. The corruption under this government stinks too much, it is our worse since independence and we must arise as citizens before this government sell us all. The NIA contract is an embarrassment, it must be abrogated immediately, no wonder it has failed.”
Speaking at a news conference in Accra on the performance of President Akufo-Addo administration, he said, the cost of doing bussiness is going up too high noting that the Bank of Ghana has tried unsuccessfully to massage figures to paint the government white. The country’s debt-to-GDP ratio according to Dr. Ayariga is almost 70% but the central bank mischievously wanted every Ghanaian to believe all is well by putting out a false figure of 60%.
The Founder of ACP said fuel prices are on the rise, stressing that “We all know how high fuel prices catalyze the hike in commodity prices. Yesterday transport unions have threatened to increase transport fares by 10%.
The result is an adverse effect on the poor masses who bought into the deception of fuel price reduction when the NPP assumes power. It is the poor country side dwellers who cannot afford fares to market let alone purchase any stuff who will be hard hit. It is a pathetic development especially when people at the herm of affairs are looting state resources haphazardly.”
With regards to taxes, he said, new taxes are going to be rolled out in the mid-year budget review per the comment of Mr. Kweku Kwarteng, the Deputy Minister for Finance. This, he, adds is a warning of more nuisance taxes to come.
Dr. Ayariga said “Already the ports are becoming no go areas for importers. Freight forwarders are agitating against the introduction of a third single window company, Afripas. How sensible is it to operate three single window company in the same port? What is wrong with? Is the President thinking about the poor people who will suffer from the excessive charges being passed unto them? Government should stop its fixation on figures and solve the real economic challenges confronting the average Ghanaian; lorry fare, petrol price, rent, electricity and water tariff.”
Source: Adovor Nutifafa