Chairman of a group calling itself concerned spare parts dealers of Abossey Okai, Kwabena Agyei, says the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo lied to them.
In a radio interview with Kwame Afrifa-Mensah on Happy FM‘s ‘Epa Hoa Daben‘ show, he said “As importers, the Dollar is the main currency we use in doing business. The rate at which the Cedi is falling against the Dollar is destroying our business and that is not what Nana Addo promised us.”
He also bemoaned how much they have to pay at the Ports to clear their goods in spite of the Tax Cuts and the abolishing of nuisance Taxes announced by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta in 2017 during the Budget Reading in Parliament – an act he claimed they are yet to feel in their pockets-.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the group, Takyi Addo, backed the claims by his Chairman and fumed that, “I can state for a fact that if you conduct elections right now the NPP will lose in Abossey Okai and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma Central constituency Ebenezer Nii Narh Nartey is complicating issues with his nonchalance.’’
However, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has introduced a new system that values spare parts and calculates the cost of clearing them. It is the new benchmark that has seen the cost of spare parts go up, which government has explained to mean that businesses are now paying the true cost of goods they import.
Government called it a ‘balancing act’ of satisfying the dealers and closing the loopholes, and claims it is trying to ‘walk a fine line’.
The concerned spare parts dealers of Abossey Okai seem not to find that line. Obviously the only line they can find is the bottom line of prices going up and their praises when government announced the Tax Cuts going down.
By: Bridget Mensah