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I Will Be Disappointed To See Any NDC MP Criticise Ken Ofori-Atta Again - Egyapa Mercer Says

There is a continuous stalemate in Parliament over the approval of the 2022 budget statement presented by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta. The two sides of the Chamber have dissenting voices over some policy proposals intended to be implemented by government in the next fiscal year.

One notable policy that has caused massive uproar among Ghanaians is the electronic transactions levy on mobile money transactions and bank transfers. The policy has been fiercely protested by members of the Minority Caucus as it has been described as a draconian tax to impose hardships on the people. After several consultations, Ken Ofori-Atta announced several changes that have been made in the budget statement.

Earlier today, December 7, 2021, Member of Parliament for Sekondi constituency, Honourable Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer was interviewed on Good Morning Ghana show hosted by Dr. Randy Abbey. It was a heated discussion as Egyapa Mercer raised serious concerns about the complains made about the Minority Caucus about the budget.

Egyapa Mercer registered his disappointment in the NDC MPs from the Minority Caucus over how they have out of hypocrisy attempted to shoot down the budget presented by the government. According to the lawmaker, the NDC is strategically attempting to reject the budget to send a message to their grassroots that they have great and responsible leadership in order to score political points.

According to Egyapa Mercer, he would disappointed if the MPs raised another concerns about the reviewed budget. He believes that the new proposals announced by Ken Ofori-Atta yesterday is enough to clear off all doubts about the kind of policies for the next year. He stated that, he can speculate that some lawmakers would still protest the reviewed proposals.

Speaking further, he stated categorically that the government is in consultation with stakeholders over the E-levy and the outcome would be announced to bring finality to the debates. He however explained that the tax has one sole purpose and that to is to raise revenue for the government's projects. He said, "I am worried about the posture of my colleague MPs from the Minority Caucus. I will be so disappointed if they oppose what Ken Ofori-Atta said yesterday."

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