The two rival groups in Parliament continue to engage in a longstanding controversy over the finality of the infamous E-levy tax that is pending the house for approval. The bill has become the most contentious issue in the Chamber after earlier negotiations broke down because of the fierce opposition from the Minority Caucus in Parliament.
The government and Majority group in Parliament have expressed satisfaction in the bill despite the increasing concerns from the general public on the bill. According to the Honourable Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, government has successfully engaged the Ghanaian public and the feedback is enough justification for the bill to be passed by the House.
However, it is on record that the Minority Caucus led by Honourable Haruna Iddrisu continues to oppose the E-levy in its current form. In a recent interview on TV3 monitored by Ghana_News, Haruna Iddrisu expressed fear in the bill, and explained that the bill is more complex and dangerous than he perceived earlier. He boldly declared that the Minority Caucus has not been engaged in a consensus meeting with any official from the government since negotiations broke down.
Earlier today, January 25, 2021, the former Director of Danquah Institute, Mr. Richard Ahiagbah was interviewed alongside Honourable Dafeamekpor on the E-levy tax. The discussion became intense after Mr. Richard Ahiagbah indicated that the E-levy is one of the best policies by the Akuffo-Addo government to increase revenue for development of the country.
According to government researcher, the E-levy should have been passed outright by the Minority without any delay. He believes that the government has been considerate of the fact that Ghanaians would be affected at a higher rate, hence the minimal 1.75% rate. The communicator for the government boldly made a presentation to justify the controversial E-levy.
Speaking further, Richard Ahiagbah registered his disappointment in the failure of the Minority Caucus to appreciate the effort of the government to develop the country. He indicated that, the E-levy is not a novel policy in the West African region and its impact on other countries that have implemented same can be seen.
He believes that, the bill should be passed without any blockage from the Minority Caucus in Parliament. In his delivery, he also made efforts to distinguish the E-levy from the VAT that was introduced during the NDC regime. According to him, the government deserves praises for the introduction of the E-levy.
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