Mahama Pledges To End Free Fuel And Benefits For Government Officials

Mahama Pledges To End Free Fuel And Benefits For Government Officials
John Dramani Mahama
John Dramani Mahama, the 2024 flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has committed to ending the provision of free fuel and other perks for government officials if he wins the Ghanaian presidency in December. During a conversation with the EU Ambassador to Ghana, the former President detailed several cost-saving strategies his administration would adopt, including reducing incentives for government officials. Mahama specified that only government vehicles used for official purposes would receive state-funded fuel. He stated, "We will stop paying utility bills, fuel, and DSTV as conditions of service for top government officials, directors, and the political class. We believe everyone should pay their own electricity and water bills, just like other Ghanaians.

He added, If you're using your own car, you should buy your own fuel unless it's a government vehicle on an official assignment. These cuts will help us redirect our budget to support small businesses and use tax incentives for job creation. Mahama also announced plans to introduce tax incentives for registered Ghanaian businesses and outlined a vision to transition the country from cash payments to electronic payments, such as Mobile Money, by 2028. We aim to phase out cash payments entirely by 2028, so all transactions in the public and some in the private sector will no longer accept cash, he explained. Payments at hospitals and other places will have to be made through mobile money or other electronic methods.

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