The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Financing, James Klutse Avedzi, has dismissed claims that the introduction of tax on the importation of condoms could undermine the fight against HIV/AIDS.
In an interview on Eyewitness News the Member of Parliament for Ketu North constituency noted that the public reaction to the impending tax stems from the fact that, “naturally, people all over the world do not want to pay tax on whatever expenditure they are making or whatever income they earn.”
His sentiments come days after news broke about a bill government introduced into Parliament seeking the consent of members of the House to approve proposals to place a tax on the importation of condoms into Ghana.
Former Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu has severely condemned the decision by government, while a cross section of Ghanaians have also expressed fear of the probable increase in the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases.
Reacting to the public commentary on the matter, Hon Avedzi gave the assurance that the fight against sexually transmitted diseases “will never be undermined.”
According to him, government was working to expand its tax net to increase revenue and ensure that majority of Ghanaians pay taxes.
By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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