The National Concern Spare parts Dealers Association of Ghana have described the 2019 budget as “hopeless” and a budget that will not help their businesses.
Speaking to Mugabe Maase on Inside Politics on Radio XYZ 93.1 shortly after the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, presented the budget statement on the floor of Parliament, Mr Benjamin Takyi-Addo, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Association said government “focused only on export and left behind policies for we the importers.”
Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance.
He said their members were already overburdened with the current tax regime, saying although the government announced that some levies on import had been abolished, their members always pay more at the country’s ports to clear their goods.
“During the term of former president Mahama, we used to pay around GHS 17,000 to clear a container of shock absorbers but today we pay GHS 20,000 to clear same quantity of goods,” he disclosed, adding that such stress was not the change they voted for.
Asked whether the scrapped taxes and levies did not affect their businesses after government announced them, Mr Takyi-Addo said they did not understand what the government meant.
“We thought government had actually scrapped those taxes. We did not understand the budget then. We thought we were not going to pay the nuisance taxes,” he added.
Government wants to focus heavily on production and export to stabilize the economy thereby rolling out policies to support local production and export.
But the spare parts dealers believe the budget will not be of help to their businesses. They are therefore calling for the comeback of former president John Mahama in 2020 to save them and their businesses.
“We are suffering and this budget is not in to offer help. We wish John Mahama was still in power. He is just like our old wife…We pray John Mahama will still be strong by 2020 to become our president. He is just like an ex-wife. We miss him so much and we can’t wait to see him in power again,” Mr Takyi-Addo revealed.