The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation, Yaw Addo Frimpong, is proposing an increment of the Value Added Tax (TAX) to tackle sanitation problem.
The revenue to be derived from the increased VAT percentage, he noted, should be used to address the sanitation challenges confronting the country which successive governments have not been able to address.
“I am proposing that if we add some small percentage on the VAT for sanitation, I don’t think any Ghanaian will kick against that idea. This is something that we will have national consensus so that everybody will come to agree with us that sanitation is the key and we are able to resolve it, everybody will be happy” he noted.
Mr. Frimpong, who is also the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Manso Adubia in the Ashanti Region, made this proposal when a Joint Select Committees of Parliament toured the Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant Limited and the Sewage Systems Ghana Limited in Accra September 11, 2019.
The MPs were from the Local Government & Rural Development, Works & Housing and Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation committees.
The Committees toured the facilities to ascertain how best the country could address its sanitation challenges.
Mr. Frimpong commenting further said he is very optimistic that his proposed idea will work ‘magic’ for the country.
“All landfill sites something happens underground where you dump the waste. We don’t want to have all these things. Maybe in 50 to 60 years time, all our lands will he taken by landfill sites. The population is increasing, 2.5% annually and we need to come out with ideas that can resolve our sanitation problems and these are some of the things that all of us must come together to push.”