His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that some top professionals in the country who he described as la crème de la crème including Lawyers, Accountants, Doctors, Engineers, Surveyors, and Architects don’t honour their tax obligation.

He, therefore, charged the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to crack the whip by roping in all professionals and other citizens to fulfil their tax obligation as expected.

The President made the remarks when he joined about seven hundred lawyers across the country to open the 2020/2021 Ghana Bar Conference the first in the Upper East Regional Capital, Bolgatanga.

The conference was on the theme “Ensuring an Increase in Revenue Mobilization Though Taxation For The Purpose Of Accelerated National Development: The Role the Lawyer”.

His Excellency the president commended the theme for this year’s conference as a laudable initiative to help the country generate the needed revenue for development and added that if this campaign must succeed, it should start from the law fraternity.

The Upper East Regional , Hon Stephen Yakubu in his address, was not enthused about the  low level of the legal services in the five regions of the north “it therefore comes to us as very worrying reports that there are only 14 licensed lawyers practicing in the region to serve a population of more than 1.3 million” he stressed.

He added that the situation in the neighboring regions was neither better as only thirty nine (39) lawyers practice in the five regions of the north with combined population of 5.3 million people.

Hon. Yakubu said after 63 years of establishing the Ghana School of Law (GSL), it was about time  a campus is established in northern Ghana to produce more professionals in the legal field to make the service available the residents need it .

This he said would serve as a stop-gap measure and also urged the Ghana Bar Association to consider pro bono services for the people of the region, “there are many citizens who are poor and unable to procure legal services at the market rates” he added.

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