Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has expressed worry that Ghana is being used for experimentation as far as collection of port revenue is concerned, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Revenue at the port is expected to be affected significantly this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak as imports are likely to go down drastically.
But at the same time, government is substituting the vendor (GCNet/West Blue) which collects revenue at the ports with UNIPASS, a situation which has led to recent concerns and agitations by civil society groups, importers and exporters as well as freight forwarders.
They claim the UNIPASS system is fraught with inefficiencies, thus affecting their operations at the ports and likely to reduce government revenue.
But Mr. Fuseinu who was on Citi FM’s Big Issue show said “We as Ghana, is this the time for us to experiment in COVID-19 when we need revenues, when our economic fundamentals are challenged, when we want to build 88 hospitals and 6 regional hospitals, this country cannot be used for experimentation in this period of time.’
Furthermore, he said “The whole investment of UNIPASS is US$40 million; in the agreement- the clause, if Ghana unilaterally terminates the agreement Ghana will pay US$93 million when the investments is only US$40 million, how can you say that”.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Stephen Zoure/2020