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2018 Budget Ken Ofori-Atta will be talking about his 'ancestors'; he has nothing to say - Koku Anyidoho

The Minister for Finance will on Wednesday present the 2018 budget statement and economic policy of the government.

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The Deputy General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Koku Anyidoho has said that the Finance Minster, Ken Ofori-Atta will not have anything to say in his 2018 budget presentation.

“He [Ken Ofori-Atta] will be interested in telling us about his entire family both the living and the dead rather than presenting a budget. He has nothing to tell us, nothing new,” Koku said in an interview with Accra-based Neat FM.

The Minister for Finance will on Wednesday present the 2018 budget statement and economic policy of the government which is expected to focus on Industrialization; Agriculture and consolidation gains made after almost a year in office.

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Ahead of the presentation, the president, Nana Akufo-Addo said his government's second budget will focus on job creation.

READ MORE: Finance Minister to present 2018 budget on Wednesday

According to him, the budget will give meaning to his industrialization agenda which focuses on the creation of jobs.

But Koku Anyidoho said that the Akufo-Addo administration will not deliver as promised.

“What they promised in their earlier budget, we are yet to see that. I don’t think they are coming to say something new. It will be a recap of the old thing with big grammar. The NPP will not bring a relief to Ghanaians,” he said.

Since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took office, this would be the second budget to be read by the administration. The first was read in March 2017. It was christened the Asempa budget.

Many people were interested in the 2017 budget because of the many promises made by the government during the 2016 election campaign.

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Among the highlights of the 2017 budget, were the withdrawal of the 1 percent Special Import Levy, 17.5 percent VAT/NHIL on financial services, and 17.5 percent VAT/NHIL on selected imported medicines, that are not produced locally.

The 17.5 percent VAT/NHIL on domestic airline tickets and levies imposed on kayayei by local authorities were also removed.

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