Hon Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, has explained why Ghanaians should pay a 1.75 percent E-Levy to help the government improve the country.
The 1.75 percent E-Levy proposed by Finance Minister Hon Ken Ofori Atta on behalf of the government in the 2022 budget was not enacted by parliament due to intense arguments between the majority and minority parties.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon Simon Osei Mensah, told the Kumasi-based Angel Fm Morning Show, which is monitored by MyNewsGh.com, that anyone who can send Ghc3000 per month via Mobile Money transaction is not impoverished.
“I don’t understand why people are condemning the government for introducing E-Levy which can help government to develop this nation. We shouldn’t involve politics into any policy which can help the country”
“People can send Ghc3000 every month and these people will come out and say they are poor. How can a poor person send Ghc3000 cedis a month?”
The Ashanti Regional Minister added that “Before you can send Ghc3000 a month means you have more than Ghc3000 so those people have no right to complain”.
“If government didn’t introduce electronic transaction, the person sending Ghc3000 or any money to someone will pay more than 1.75% because you have to take a car a go to the person’s place. Have they considered the transportation they will pay?”.
“Government cannot develop this country without money because the government needs money for development. If the government goes for loan people will complain but now the government wants us to support ourselves and develop the country but still, people are complaining”.