• Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

E-Levy consultations: Ken Ofori-Atta is a quiet liar – MP

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Banda Constituency in the Bono Region, Ahmed Ibrahim, has refuted assertions made by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta that consultations had taken place in preparation for the controversial e-levy to be authorized if Parliament reconvenes next week.

Mr fori-Atta underlined at a press conference on January 19, 2022 that the e-levy is a crucial tool to boost the country’s tax-to-GDP ratio.

“The e-levy will be re-submitted to Parliament this month after thorough consultations.” “We look forward to working with our Honourable Members of Parliament to reach an agreement on the e-levy so that we can together solve the major issue of unemployment,” stated the Minister.

Mr Ibrahim, on the other hand, claims that there were no negotiations between the NDC members of the house and the majority or administration on the e-passage. levy’s

He said that the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, are both out of jurisdiction at the present, and thus questioned with whom the finance minister conferred.

On Thursday, January 20, 2022, he asked Nana Ama Agyarko on Accra 100.5 FM’s evening news, “Who did the Finance Minister have the said consultations with on the e-levy ahead of the return of Parliament?”

“I would not have realized that Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta is a soft-spoken liar if it hadn’t been for what the Finance Minister said in his Wednesday, January 19, 2022, press conference,” he remarked.

Mr Ibrahim demanded that Mr Ofori-Atta clarify his assertions about discussions and sensitization programs held in connection with the e-approval. levy’s

“As the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, I want to clarify unequivocally that there have been no consultations with Minority MPs on the contentious e-levy,” he said.

“Ghana would go nowhere with Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister,” he said, adding, “Ghana will go nowhere with Ken Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister.”

Mr Ofori-Atta, he added, is a “irresponsible spendthrift” who “has nothing to show for the enormous GHS20 billion he has spent in the last few of months in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak.”

“As Minority Members of Parliament, we approved his candidacy as Finance Minister throughout the vetting process so Ghanaians could see how he destroyed the economy.” We would not have realized how he wrecked the economy if we had not authorized his nomination as Finance Minister,” he remarked.

He accused Mr Ofori-Atta of bringing down banks and over 400 microfinance enterprises without consulting the people who worked there.

He went on to say that because the Finance Minister position is not elected, he [Ofori-Atta] is unconcerned about how the public will react to his conduct.

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