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General News of Monday, 17 October 2016


Government hasn't overspent – Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama President John Dramani Mahama

The Government of Ghana has resisted the temptation to spend beyond its budget for this election year, President John Dramani Mahama has said.

Speaking at the Holy Ghost Temple of the International Central Gospel Church at Adentan in Accra over on Sunday, said: “Happily we are in an election year and we haven’t overspent even though there is pressure from everywhere.”

He added: “One of the major challenges we have been dealing with is how to stabilise the economy even through an election year by keeping down expenditure and increasing revenue.

“If your expenditure is high and your revenue is low, then you will have a deficit which will keep growing until the country becomes so indebted that nobody will be prepared to lend you any money and your currency will depreciate.”

Mr Mahama further said government had taken measures to ensure its expenditure increased only slightly, while revenue is increased through taxes.

“[If] you have only 30 per cent of people paying taxes – 70 per cent of the people don’t even know you must file your tax returns – then you must find an ingenious way to get it through indirect taxes so that at least everybody is contributing his quota to make the economy stable,” he noted.

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