Ghana Politics

Alarm blows as Gov’t contracts private company to collect E-Levy; contract worth Ghc242Million

North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has exposed the Government of Ghana’s move to create a company that will be paid e-Transaction Levy Services.

The Government of Ghana is looking to implement the e-levy that will tax mobile money services in Ghana.

The levy has been met with contempt especially from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) which Members of Parliament have insisted needs to be reduced from 1.75%.

In a series of posts on Facebook, the North Tongu Member of Parliament for North Tongu said there is no way he and his colleagues cannot support the implementation of the E-Levy as the government intends to rip the poor Ghanaian people.

“It does appear our agitations against the E-Levy is going to really affect some shadowy business interests if we succeed in having it scrapped or substantially reduced. Appendix 4B at page 242 of the 2022 budget reveals that a colossal GHS241,933,000 has already been set aside to pay for so-called e-Transaction Levy Services. We shall be demanding full disclosure in Parliament on this apparent sweetheart deal. Taxing the poor to make the rich richer. This is most unconscionable!”

Adding that “The more I dig into the sleazy allocation of GHS241,933,000 in the 2022 killer budget to pay for an amorphous e-Transaction Levy Services, the more I am convinced we must all entrench our absolute and unconditional opposition to the E-Levy. The Bank of Ghana has adequate capacity to track all e-Transactions in Ghana. They told us E-Levy was for grand national transformation, now we know it’s for a grand heist by family and friends”.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/ 2021

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