The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has declared its intention to stage protests and occupy government buildings as a means of demonstrating their discontent with the newly imposed ten percent betting tax enforced by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.
The NDC’s youth wing is of the view that this taxation strategy places an undue burden predominantly on the nation’s youth and the broader betting sector. According to a press release from George Opare Addo, the NDC’s National Youth Organiser, the party is resolute in safeguarding the financial resources acquired by young individuals through betting.
The statement underscored the NDC’s commitment to employ a range of activism approaches, including rallies, advocacy efforts, and civic involvement, to ensure that their concerns are acknowledged. Additionally, they urged the government to overturn its decision, which they perceive as being tainted by corruption.
In an effort to demonstrate their opposition to the betting tax, the NDC has outlined plans to stage protests at the Ministry of Finance and occupy governmental premises throughout the country. They also intend to escalate lawful demonstrations nationwide and motivate young individuals to directly engage with government officials, urging an end to corruption and insensitivity.
The NDC has also hinted at the possibility of occupying Parliament and various other government agencies.
The recent introduction of the 10% betting tax, which is part of the government’s strategy to generate revenue, has encountered widespread criticism and apprehension. The youth faction of the NDC contends that this tax disproportionately impacts young Ghanaians who participate in betting for entertainment purposes and, in some cases, as a supplementary income source.
Under the new betting tax regulations, bettors are required to allocate 10% of their winnings as tax to the government. Although this government measure aims to bolster revenue, it has sparked vigorous opposition from both the opposition party and the general public.