General News of Friday, 20 January 2017
The founder of Independent People’s Party (IPP) Kofi Akpaloo has stated that he is willing to accept the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) boss position if the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo gives him the opportunity.
He explained that he will not hesitate to add his expertise in changing the face of tax system to generate money for the country.
According to him, Ghana’s tax rate is high hence its inability to collect the tax suggesting that the country needs to reduce its taxes that have burdened citizens.
Speaking on Ultimate Breakfast show hosted by Lantam Papanko, the presidential nominee of the party in the 2016 elections, said it is prudent to add his ideas to the President to move the country forward.
He stated that the economy needs to be re-engineered adding that he can make meaningful contributions to build the nation.
‘Oh yes, definitely am still waiting for an appointment from the President Nana Addo, we have discussed it so I am going to work with him. Because we need to bring our ideas together to push the country forward. We shouldn’t try to portray that we are fighting each other, we are here for a common goal to serve our country. We want to turn things around, transform the economy for every young man and woman to get something to do with it, so we cannot sit aloof and say just go and do it yourself.
I have so much inside me that I think I can help Nana Addo with. Actually everything is in the hands of Nana Addo, so I won’t be able to say to when the appointment will be announced. Anything relating to finance, I will be able to contribute, if am in charge of the Ghana Revenue Authority, I will be able to help the whole tax system in Ghana, that is what I think if am given the opportunity to serve. I see that Ghana we are not able to collect enough taxes, we have higher rate of taxes and we are not able to collect enough, I will introduce a new unique ID number for each person if am given the opportunity,’ he said.
Mr Akpaloo assured that he will ensure that officials account for tax collection adding that it will be in Nana Addo’s own interest to appoint him.