• Thu. Aug 4th, 2022

E-levy: We’ve a gov’t that does not listen – Ato Forson

Cassiel Ato Forson, a member of Parliament’s Finance Committee, has accused the administration of pushing the E-levy through despite the detrimental effects for Ghanaians.

He claimed that the government is unwilling to listen to stakeholders’ concerns about the policy.

On Monday, December 20, the first confrontation over the controversial E-Levy idea resulted in a deadlock with a split decision from 24 legislators on the Finance Committee.

Twelve members of the opposition voted against the government’s decision to classify the measure as urgent, while 12 members of the majority voted in favor.

Kwaku Kwarteng, the Chairman of the Finance Committee, had to utilize his casting vote to break the tie in favor of the government’s position.

Mr Ato Forson, who is also a Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam, told the reporters after the Committee’s meeting that his side will take the ‘battle’ to the plenary after failing to stop the bill at the committee level.

“You can see clearly a government that is not ready to listen, a government that is determined to push the agenda regardless of its impact on the people of Ghana.

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“This morning the Finance Committee held a meeting and we have just come out from the meeting At the meeting we needed to first determine whether we can consider the electronic transfer levy bill before us on a certificate of urgency or not.

“At that point, we in the Minority argued that it cannot be considered under certificate of urgency for a simple reason that we have received a petition from the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications.

“In fact, the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications s on the 1st of December 2021 wrote a letter to the Rt Honourable Speaker, the Parliament of Ghana Accra. and to the attention of the Honourable Joseph Osei Wusu for us to first invite them and listen to them.

“And they believe that they have an alternative way of generating revenue as against what the government seeks to do and they have actually tabulated the negative impact of this levy to government We argue that it is important that government or Parliament, at the minimum, meet with them and listen to them. The NPP Majority in Parliament had said that they do not believe that.”

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