Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin says that for the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Ghanaian economising, the Electronics Transfer Levy, popularly known as e-levy, would not have been raised by the government.
He said the effects of the pandemic not only on the Ghanaian economy but the world’s economy required that cautious measures be taken to speed up retrieval efforts.
Joining speakers at a town hall meeting in Koforidua on the contentious policy on Thursday, January 27, Mr Afenyo-Markin, who is also the Member of Parliament for Effutu Constituency, said the economy was accomplishing well under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo prior to the deadly infection in 2020.
Speaking in Fante, he said the government found it cautious not to scrap policies such as teacher trainee allowances or nurse trainee allowances but rather introduce a policy that is all-inclusive.
He said the government, having presented social-intervention agendas like the Free Senior High School Programme, did not come out with any levies to secure their nourishment.
Therefore, he opined, the e-levy should be seen as a vital policy to help in keeping main intervention programmes being enjoyed under the present administration.
He said e-levy will assure that road development in the country persists unabated while development also takes place unabated.
For the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, so far as Ghana is beyond aid, it is important domestic revenue mobilisation is embarked upon.
“We are talking about a Ghana Beyond Aid, we need to be able to finance our own development and stop the dependence on either loans or grants or aid from other countries if we are to be truly independent.”
The Electronics Transfer Levy Bill could not pass after the 2022 budget statement was presented as a result of opposition from the Minority in Parliament.
It is desired to be back in Parliament next week for final consideration by members before it is authorised or otherwise.
A meeting between the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, with the Minority in Parliament ended inconclusively on Thursday.