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Graduates Students’ Association distance itself from NUG endorsement of 2022 budget

The Graduates Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) has distanced itself from the endorsement of the 2022 budget by the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).

On Thursday, 25th/ November/2022 NUGS held a press conference endorsing the proposed Budget by the finance Minister KEN Ofori Atta and call on the House of Parliament to approve the Budget statement since it will solve the problems in the country.

NUGS went further to explain that amongst the levies introduced in the budget, the E-Levy is a panacea to youths unemployment. They noted that government will also use the revenue from the E-Levy to construct roads, support the economy and provide funds for the YouthStart program introduced in the budget by government.

However, In a press release issued by GRASAG, they categorically stated that the stance taken by NUGS does not reflect the position of Ghanaian youth and students as a whole.

GRASAG believes that the numerous taxes introduced in the 2022 budget will have a huge toll on Ghanaian students and youth. According to them, the most talked about E-Levy is a tax on taxation, it will not help the agenda of digitalization, and will also compel people to waste working hours at the banking halls.

They described the call from NUGS to parliament and their endorsement of the budget as unfortunate and that as a body that is mandated to amplify the concerns of the youth, NUGS chooses to look the other way.

“On the contrary, this statement from NUGS however fails to amplify the real concerns of the teaming Graduate Students and youth about the E-levy, which is the major worry of all graduate students across the country.”

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Source: My News Ghana

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