E-levy concerns not addressed but cool heads would prevail-NDC MP

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Member of Parliament for Ashaiman Constituency in the Greater Accra region, Hon. Ernest Norgbey has assured Ghanaians that cool heads would prevail today when the house sit for the deliberation of the 2022 budget even though the minority’s concerns on the proposed e-levy has not been addressed.

He said, when the issues of the budget comes up today during the sitting of Parliament, the happenings of last week would not repeat itself. He observed that the minority have resolved to commit to peace and understanding.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta at a press conference yesterday stressed government’s determination to enhance domestic revenue mobilization, and says consultations are still ongoing to build consensus with the Minority Caucus over the e-Levy.

He says the essence of government’s proposal to implement the electronic transactions tax (E-Levy), is to widen the tax net and generate the required revenue to support entrepreneurship, youth employment, build infrastructure, especially roads and reduce national debt.

But speaking to Kwabena Obeng Akrofi, host of Ark in the morning show Tuesday December 7, the NDC MP pointed out that, “To the best of my knowledge, there has not been any consultation on the e-levy with the minority.”

“Today, the speaker and leadership of the house would have to meet and then decide on what we have to do before we move into the chamber. But I can assure you that it’s possible the issues of the budget would come up but in this case it would not be probably what happened last week. Cool heads would prevail and understanding would come.”

“Even though, the E-levy which is mother of all the brouhaha has not been addressed we hope to see the way forward.”

Responding to a question whether there have been a meeting with the government on the E-levy, he said, “Not really yet, to the best of my knowledge. We were supposed to have certain meeting yesterday around 11’Oclock but unfortunately the majority didn’t turn up. I don’t know but it simply means that they were not interested in the meeting again.”

“We have resolved that we are not going to engage in any banter especially physical like what happened last Wednesday and so if for nothing at all there would be only some verbal exchanges (debate). But our position on the E-levy still remains that it should be scrap entirely from the budget”, he stressed.

Source: Ghana/Arknewsroom.com/107.1FM

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