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Creating Jobs NPP announces tax rebate for companies employing youth

Awuku outlined the party's tax policy at a Youth Forum in Agbogbloshie in Accra ahead of the commencement of the World Youth Day.

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The National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party, Sammy Awuku, has said the party will offer tax rebate to companies employing youth if it should this year's election.

Awuku outlined the party's tax policy at a Youth Forum in Agbogbloshie in Accra ahead of the commencement of the World Youth Day.

He said "for graduates who have spent years studying to gain qualifications we will give tax relief to those employers who hire them – so that there will be the jobs available for them when they leave University – because we cannot afford as a country for our most qualified people to leave Ghana and take their energy and talent to other countries in order to find work.”

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Awuku also said the party will scrap taxes on private universities, describing it as a tax on "knowledge" which he said is denying many young men the opportunity of university education.

He said: “We will also scrap the new taxes on private universities that John Mahama has introduced – this is a tax on knowledge, not only does it deny the opportunity of a university education to many young people but by raising the level of tuition fees it penalizing those families who are already struggling to make ends meet, and who have sacrificed so much to ensure that their children receive the best education that they can."

“Perhaps for the Big Men from the NDC transport fares are too little money for them to think about – but not for young parents struggling to make ends meet who are paying the cost of this mean spirited decision – for them every cedi counts,” he added.

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