• Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Finance minister not ready to present E-Levy bill before Parliament – Afenyo-Markin

Alexander Afenyo-Markin, the Deputy Majority Leader, has announced that the Finance Minister would not be able to introduce the E-Levy bill to parliament on Tuesday, February 15 as planned.

The Finance Minister, he claims, has indicated that he would be unavailable for the presentation next week.

He also stated that the house would be notified of a new date for the interrogation and likely bill passing.

“Mr. Speaker, as members may be aware, in my presentation of the business statement last week, I did indicate that the Minister of Finance had indicated the possibility of withdrawing the Electric Transfer Levy Bill, 2021 today, Friday February 11, 2022,” the deputy Speaker said on the floor of parliament. Another option mentioned was withdrawing the Bill from Parliament and replacing it with a new Bill that included the amendment that the Committee had unanimously agreed on. This could happen on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. The sponsoring Minister has stated that he will not be available next week. The house would be notified of a new date for the interrogation and probable passing of the bill in that manner.”

Meanwhile, on February 10, several members of the National Democratic Congress’s Youth Wing took to the streets of Accra to protest the planned Electronic Transactions Levy.

Since its inception in November of last year, the levy has sparked debate and outrage among parliamentarians and the general public in Ghana.

Members of the NDC youth wing, dressed in red and black, gathered at the Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah interchange on Thursday morning to begin the ‘Yentua’ demonstration.

“Sika no wo he” and “Pay UTAG” were among the placards raised by the group. “Students are in pain!”

Some students from public universities joined the demonstrators, whose academic calendars had been changed due to the University Teachers Association of Ghana’s ongoing strike.

Through the AU Roundabout, they passed through Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Farisco, Striking Force, Kinbu Road, the Octagon, and the National Theatre. The rally came to a close at Parliament House.

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