The NDC Govern- ment did a lot of work on rural water and, thank God, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Government is following. On page 106, paragraph 238, it is stated that the Ministry would provide water and sanitation facilities in the Dangme East, Dangme West and North Tongu districts. This is very laudable and I want to urge the Government to take steps to look at the Aveyime Water Project, which has been on the drawing board for so long. And I will encourage the Government to look at it critically. When that project is done, in fact, my constituency would benefit a lot. North Tongu and Shai Osudoku will also benefit. At the moment, drinking water is a problem in my constituency. There are no boreholes and we take water from hand-dug wells; sometimes they get dried up during the dry season. There is a saying that “Water is Life”; and when water is provided, we will not spend much
When this water issue is taken up, I think it will also help our Agriculture Ministry a lot. It saddens my heart when I see we in Ghana importing onions and tomatoes from Burkina Faso -- a Sahel country. Burkina Faso has done irrigation and we need to do that in our country.
We are blessed with waterways. You look at the Accra plains, land here and there; and we are just a short distance from the Volta River. I want to urge the Government to have a critical look at irrigation. In fact, page 122, paragraph 398 touches on irrigation -- steps to carry out feasibility studies, which have been completed. I want to urge the Government to source funds to carry out the irrigation project, because when this is done -- in my constituency we are blessed with water melon, we are blessed with tomato, we are blessed with pepper, corn, everything. And if the irrigation project is taken on well, we will be self-sufficient. We will rear cattle, we will rear ostriches and everywhere in the country, the country will be the beneficiary. We need to look at irrigation very well.
Again, I want to say that the personal income tax relief which has been granted, benefits only the rich. I have done a little computation and with the base raised from 1.5 to 1.8, which is tax-free, if you take the average of the daily minimum wage of ¢13,500 -- there are people who work 7 days a week in our country -- and you multiply that by 30 days, it makes the minimum wage earner get ¢405,000 a month. And out of this ¢405,000, it is ¢150,000 which is tax-free; he or she pays tax on the remaining ¢12,500.
Therefore, when you compute, out of that, the total amount of money he earns at the end of the month is ¢392,350 from the ¢405,000. Therefore, tax goes into it. So in reality, the income tax relief favours