It was an interesting discussing today on New Day’s ‘The Issue’ on TV3 as Johnny Hughes clashed with a panelist on his show. The discussion mainly centered on the vexed E-Levy that the government seeks to impose on Ghanaians effective from January next year. The levy will see a 1.75 tax on all mobile money reductions. The Minority in Parliament though have resisted certain portions of the budget including the E-levy.
On the show today, Monday, December 6, 2021 Johnny Hughes queried Richard Nyamah, the Special Aide to Chairman Freddie Blay and also an NPP Deputy Communications Director as to why the government insists on charging Ghanaians. In response, Richard explained that the tax will go a long way to improve the lives of Ghanaians with better roads, jobs, better health facilities etc.
Richard went further to allude that Ghanaians are happy paying 2% on MOMO transactions which includes sending and receiving. He noted that instead of Ghanaians complaining they are quiet and yet complaining when government decides to do same. According to Richard, MTN is a South African company and the monies they accrue go to develop South Africa and as such Ghanaians should rather resist that and accept the one from government that will rather better their lives.
Johnny tried to make him retract for saying that MTN doesn’t help the country in anyway. Richard noted that he is unaware of any percentages that MTN pays to government after their MOMO transaction fees. Johnny then did a disclaimer to the public to say he doesn’t in anyway agree that MTN takes the country’s money to develop South Africa to the detriment of Ghana.
Apparently, Johnny failed to notify Richard that the charges from MTN are only after monies exceeding 100 are sent. It is when it comes to withdrawals that MTN charges on any amount. Be that as it may Richard pointed out that Ghanaians should rather support the government by paying the e-levy to help develop the country.
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