The Member of Parliament for Efutu constituency who doubly serves as the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Honourable Afenyo Markin has boldly indicated that the opposition National Democratic Congress and its lawmakers in the Chamber are only protesting the rate of the electronic transactions levy, and not the actual idea of the tax. He believes that it is the grief of the NDC on the government's tax policy.
According to the lawmaker, the major concerns of the opposition lawmakers on the bill is to draw government's attention to the perceived "high" rates of the E-levy. Honourable Afenyo Markin is optimistic that further broad and extensive consultations with the NDC MPs and stakeholders could warrant the government to roll out its much anticipated policy to create jobs and improve road infrastructure.
Honourable Afenyo Markin made this statement in an interview earlier today, January 27, 2022 on TV3's NewDay show with Johnny Hughes when reacting to the position taken by the Minority Caucus in Parliament. The lawmaker took a bold decision to commend the Haruna-led Caucus for the strong efforts to ensure the government passes the right policy.
Speaking further and reacting to a statement made by his colleague lawmaker and Member of Parliament for Tamale South constituency, Honourable Haruna Iddrisu, he [Afenyo Markin] expressed satisfaction with the statement of the MP who is arguing and calling for a total rejection of the bill.
According to the MP, the government is insistent on pushing the E-levy due to the intention and proposed programs the tax intends to impose. He indicated that the E-levy will center on two major issues; employment and road infrastructure. According to him, the tax is not a pickpocket tax as purported by the opposition but rather a development tax to improve on the infrastructure records of the government and country at large.
He said, "I cannot be angry with the Minority because they are pushing a fair course. I believe they are only opposing the rate but not the whole idea of the E-levy and further consultations can give a good feedback."
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