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Mahama ‘vows’ to cancel free utility bills, fuel, DSTV others for govt officials if voted into power

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Flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has vowed to end the provision of free fuel and other perks to government officials if he wins the presidency in the upcoming December polls.

During a discussion with the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Mahama detailed his administration’s cost-saving measures, which include reducing incentives for government officials.

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He emphasized that only government vehicles used strictly for official duties would receive state-funded fuel.

“We will discontinue the payment of utility bills, fuel, DSTV as conditions of service for top government officials, directors and the political class.

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We believe that people should take up paying their own electricity bills and water like every other Ghanaian does.”

“Unless you are using a government vehicle on government assignment you should buy your own fuel if you are using your own car. And so we are going to discontinue them.

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Our budget will be to support small businesses and use tax as incentives for job creation,” he said.

Mr. Mahama also revealed plans to introduce tax incentives for registered Ghanaian businesses. Additionally, he outlined a strategy to transition the country from cash payments to electronic payments, such as Mobile Money, in both the public and private sectors by 2028.

“We want to phase out cash as a form of all payments by 2028, and so for any payment that you have to do for any service that has to do with the public sector and some to do with the private sector, by 2028, we will no longer receive cash.”

“So in the hospital and other places, you would have to use your mobile money to pay. Only electronic forms of payments.”

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