It is almost a year ago today when President Akufo-Addo, announced wide-ranging measures aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19.
He announced partial lockdown of Accra and parts of the Ashanti Region.
To help Ghanaians, the President also announced some freebies including free water supply, 50% off electricity consumption and 100% free electricity supply for people consuming less than 50 kW a month.
It was meant for three months, however it was extended a number of times ending December 31, 2020.
At the time, the President won many hearts for the free water and electricity supply.
It was even weaponized by the NPP during the 2020 campaign.
It, therefore, came as a shock to many when Kojo Oppong Nkrumah is reported to have said Ghanaians would be taxed to pay for those freebies.
According to the Minister of Information, who is also an MP for Ofoasi Ayirebi, he is going to his constituency to explain to them why everybody must pay 1% extra tax to cover the cost of COVID-19 related expenditure.
The government is reported to have spent GHS 19 billion on COVID-19 related issues.
The minister and the government have had their say, now social media also got a few talking points.
Well next time we get a freebie, our question should be, “Who is paying for this?”
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