Vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party Dr Mahamadu Bawumia has commenced a tour of the three constituencies in the Tema Metropolis.
The first day of the tour saw him visit among others, the Tema Newtown Market, Canoe Beach and Fish Market.
In a Facebook post Friday, Bawumia said, “I kicked off my tour of the 3 Tema Constituencies in the Tema East Constituency this morning.”
“I visited the Tema Mantse, Nii Adjetey Kraku II to officially seek his blessings and prayers before proceeding to tour the Metropolis.
“At the Palace of the Tema Mantse, I stated that the policies of an NPP government under Nana Akufo-Addo will revamp the economy for jobs and prosperity and that the people of Tema will be major beneficiaries of such policies since Tema is the heartbeat of Ghana’s economy.
The tour is to afford him the opportunity to interact with voters, listen to their concerns and also sell the party’s campaign message to them.
On Wednesday, Bawumia was in the Ho Central Constituency where he took the opportunity to address the E.P College of Education, Amedzofe.
There, he criticised government tax policy, promising to scrap it when his party is voted into government in this year’s election.
According to Dr. Bawumia, “An NPP government will build the most business friendly and most people friendly economy in Africa. This means that job creation will be at the heart of economic policy. A lot of the other taxes we are seeing today will be scrapped”.
Dr. Bawumia, who was addressing students and lecturers of the E.P. College of Education, Amedzofe, in the Volta region on Wednesday, 1st June, 2016, also said “We will reduce the tax burden on our people and businesses so that they can employ more people and introduce a Tax Credit scheme for Companies that employ fresh graduates so that we will increase the employment of fresh graduates”.
Dr Bawumia, who appeared critical of the tax directives of the President Mahama administration asserted that “…anything they think they can impose taxes on, they are imposing taxes on it – even if they think they could impose taxes on the air we breathe today, they would have imposed taxes on it” adding that “…the government imposed taxes on condoms, cutlasses, savings; today they are imposing taxes on pensions and allowances”.
Bawumia pointed out that the government is resorting to taxes to enable it generate revenue to “fill the deep hole their incompetence and corruption had dug. In their desperation to fill the hole they have dug.”
While maintaining that the taxes imposed by the government are hurting Ghanaians and the economy, he added that “…they [government] do not even understand that this is actually hurting the economy but they are so desperate for revenue that they are not even thinking about the economy.”
The NPP’s campaign team has been touring some parts of the country. Dr. Bawumia was recently in the Volta Region on a campaign tour.