General News of Wednesday, 31 October 2012
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is to use what it calls the Anas Principle to deal with corruption embedded within the tax collection agencies in the country if voted into power.
Presidential candidate of the party, Nana Akufo-Addo announced this at the third edition of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) presidential debate in Tamale.
The three other candidates had contrary view on how to combat corruption within the tax collection agencies in the country.
The People's National Convention (PNC) presidential candidate, Hassan Ayariga advocated for a decentralization of the tax system and the use of the police to deal with tax invaders.
For Dr. Abu Sakara of the Convention Peoples' Party (CPP) the National Identification system is the surest way to end corruption in the tax system.
President John Mahama on his part said the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has deepened the tax reforms and has instituted more security measures to check corruption in the system.
However, Nana Akufo-Addo said an NPP government will motivate young people to do uncover investigations especially within the revenue collection agencies as a means to end the canker.
According to him, institutionalizing the Anas Principle will expose the corruption by the very people who are supposed to protect the country’s revenue.
Nana Akufo-Addo said the persons caught would be punished to serve as a deterrent to others who intend to toll the same line.
He indicated that the socio-economic demands on government keep on increasing and without an integrated approach by revenue agencies in revenue mobilization; the national development budget could not be financed.
The NPP leader stressed the party's commitment to complete the National Identification exercise for easy identification of tax invaders in the country.
He said the unification of revenue agencies under one umbrella would relieve tax payers from the arduous task of getting registered with fragmented tax agencies and also save them from the frustration they had to endure in the hands of several auditors.
Nana Akufo-Addo is certain Ghana can run itself on internally generated funds if adequate measures are put in place to regulate the revenue collection agencies in the country.