The 2022 budget has brought a lot of tension between the majority and minority caucuses in Parliament. According to reports, the majority and minority have not been able to reach a consensus largely because of the E-levy. But Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister of Information has stated that the minority has substantial issues but the methods and the constitutionality of the methods used by the two caucuses to register their concerns is what is the bone of contention.
On the concerns raised by the minority on the E-levy for instance, Honourable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has said the government is determined to do something about the proposed E-levy. The Information Minister said this on the Point of Views show hosted by Bernard Avle on Citi FM today ( December 1). According to him, the government intends to address concerns raised about the E-levy in two ways. He mentioned that one of the ways is to engage the telcos to reduce the charges they impose on Ghanaians when they use their medium to transfer money. This, he said, will reduce the financial burden the levy will impose on Ghanaians.
"The Minister responsible for finance articulated that, we are minded to do something about the E-levy, even in two ways. The second is engaging the telcos to take a haircut. Because if the telcos take 2% of 100 billion dollars as charges and mostly repatriate that back to their home country and the world is in an economic challenge because of Covid. The government of Ghana requires some funding and is having a conversation with them to have a haircut, which we hope and believe will be successful, we will achieve what you ( the NDC) are proposing ( reducing the financial burden on the ordinary Ghanaian)", he said.
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