By Jerry Azanduna, GNA
Bawku (UE) April 5, GNA - Mr Daniel Baya Laar, Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in Bawku on Thursday charged residents and business people in the area to make tax paying a call to duty.
Mr Laar explained that when they were able to understand the paying of taxes as a responsibility as citizens and the purpose they were used for, they as citizens would not feel reluctant to perform such duties.
Mr Laar said paying tax to the state was the only thing that could make one a loyal citizen and drive positive national development, since taxes were resources needed to construct development projects to bring about quality livelihoods to the people.
He noted that taxes were the only ingredients that could be used to propel development in the country, such as the building of quality educational and health systems, providing good roads to boost the socio-economic activities of the people among others.
Mr Laar urged the people during outreach programmes of the commission at Bawku and its environs to educate residents on the need to pay taxes, legal mandate and the structure of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), rights of the tax payer, offence and penalties, and the difference between assembly levies and income tax.
Mr Kingsley Asoko, Director of NCCE in the Garu-Tempane districts who addressed residents in the Kpikpira community near Tempane on the same platform noted that the programme sought to throw more light on the need for citizens to pay taxes.
Mr Asoko said taxes paid to the state were used to implement policies geared towards the wellbeing of its citizenry and prepared a solid foundation for the economy for future purposes.
Mr Asoko indicated that the strength of any developing country such as Ghana depended on the mobilisation of resources such as taxes and that there would be the need for residents in the area to make it a call to respond to tax paying since it would bring about development to their communities.
Mr Seidu Yakubu, Pusiga District officer in charge of the Commission at a dawn to dusk broadcast activity in Wedaana near Pusiga, urged business owners to register their companies and businesses in order to be able to pay their taxes on time to allow government deliver programmes that boost their businesses.
Mr Yakubu charged artisans, transport operators, traditional authorities, women groups, opinion leaders, taxable persons and entities to see the need in paying their taxes to government because taxes were important mechanism in securing the wellbeing of the citizenry and their businesses.
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