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I will not tax you – Bawumia to churches

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Ghana’s Vice President and New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, has made a substantial vow to strengthen the government-church partnership.

This vow was made during a meeting with clergy in the North East Region, as part of his nationwide campaign tour.

In his talk, Bawumia emphasized the church’s critical role in moving national progress forward.

Referring to it as the “golden age relationship,” he reaffirmed his unwavering dedication to promoting collaboration between the government and the church, a commitment he vowed to uphold should he be elected into office.

“The church is the foremost development partner of government,” declared Bawumia, emphasizing the indispensable contributions made by churches and faith-based organizations to Ghana’s societal progress. Reflecting on the profound impact of these institutions, Bawumia posed a thought-provoking question: what would Ghana be like in the absence of all the schools, universities, and hospitals established by churches and faith-based organizations?

I will not tax you – Bawumia to churches

Central to Bawumia’s campaign platform was his stance on the taxation of churches. He unequivocally expressed his belief that taxing churches was not the way forward. Instead, he advocated for a strategy of incentivization to encourage greater contributions from religious organizations.

Drawing parallels with foreign development partners who receive incentives, Bawumia argued that churches and faith-based organizations should similarly benefit from tax exemptions, especially when importing goods for essential projects like the construction of schools and hospitals.

Dr. Bawumia also underlined the importance of the church in fostering moral principles in society.

He issued a warning against ignoring this crucial component and outlined the possible repercussions of a society lacking in moral direction.

Understanding the wider ramifications of moral decline and the necessity of maintaining moral principles, Dr. Bawumia emphasized the necessity of having conversations about the role that religious organizations should play in overseeing educational facilities.

By pledging to maintain a golden age relationship with the church, Bawumia is recognizing the priceless contributions that religious organizations have made.

Bawumia seeks to build a peaceful alliance that cuts across political differences and promotes policies that benefit both parties in order to ultimately promote sustainable development. His pledge is resonant with Ghana’s religious communities, suggesting a possible change toward a more cooperative and encouraging partnership between the state and the church.

Akosua Boatemaa

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