President Akufo-Addo has stated that his administration is determined to use all possible measures to drive through the country’s development plan, notwithstanding any opposition.
President Akufo-Addo told the chiefs and elders of the Dzodze traditional area who paid him a courtesy call at the Jubilee House on February 1, 2022, that despite the setback he is facing in Parliament over the introduction of the electronic levy (E-Levy), government will continue to persevere to find ways to address pertinent issues affecting the state.
According to the President, the “government had to incur additional expenditures in order to keep the country operating [as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic], such as free water, free electricity, and the distribution of free food.”
“The government has no choice but to incur these costs.” The fiscal impact was significant, and these are the efforts we are now making to close the gap, which are being resisted by the opposition,” President Akufo-Addo said.
President Akufo-Addo stated that as a country, we must look within for our long-term sustainability rather than relying on aid.
“It will not be realistic for us in Ghana to continue to rely on foreign grants and loans to keep our economy afloat indefinitely.” “We would have to find the money for our development ourselves,” Akufo-Addo stated.
That is why it has become necessary for us to implement measures such as the well-known tax [E-Levy], which has sparked so much unnecessary, in my opinion, debate,” the President added.
Despite the Challenge, President Akufo-Addo stated that he and his administration will continue to fight for the country’s progress.
“I am committed to persevere,” Akufo-Addo added, “to ensure that we find the means to address” our country’s problems.
The delegation was led by Togbui Dey III, Chief of Dzodze Traditional Area. He made a number of requests, including the construction of a market in the Dzodze traditional area and the development of the Dzodze water system.
President Akufo-Addo promised the group that the relevant State institutions would give their requests the attention they deserved.