The Abossey Okai Spare Parts Dealers Association have called on former Deputy Finance Minister, Ato Forson to immediately render an unqualified apology to them over comments he purportedly made against them after the reading of the 2017 budget statement.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Attah, during the presentation on Thursday 2nd March told the world that, government had “abolished duty on the importation of spare parts” into the country.
This announcement has been widely hailed by both spare parts dealers and most Ghanaians.
Commenting on this policy, the former Deputy Finance Minister condemned the abolishment of the import duty on spare parts, claiming, the move would soon make the country a dumping ground for over-aged vehicles and parts.
This comment, the Chairman of the Association, Sammy Siaw Ampadu said was unfortunate arguing that it is the duty of the government to create wealth for the citizens of which they are part and therefore could not fathom why the former minister should make such “loose” comments just to make them unpopular.
“We are traders and we do not involve ourselves in politics. So, does that mean the NDC wanted us (spare parts dealers) to vote for them to continue ruling Ghana so that they can collapse our businesses,”? he quizzed.
Mr Siaw Ampadu maintained that the Minority MPs especially, Mr Ato Forson per his assertion is only trying to belittle their intelligence and create the impression that they do not know what they are doing.
“If the government has created such wealth, we are happy and so we urge the MPs not to drag us into politics. We traders are not happy with the comment by Ato Forson and hence we demand retraction and apologies from him,” he said on Accra based Neat fm.
Listen to Sammy Siaw Ampadu
Source: Ghana / Adomonline.com / Dorcas Abedu-Kennedy