The Ashanti Regional Minister Hon Simon Osei-Mensah has justified why Ghanaians should pay 1.75% E-Levy to support the government to develop the country.
The 1.75% E-Levy which was presented in the 2022 budget by Finance Minister Hon Ken Ofori Atta on behalf of the government has not been passed by parliament amidst heated disagreements between the majority and minority
The Ashanti Regional Minister Hon Simon Osei Mensah speaking on Kumasi-based Angel Fm Morning Show explained that anyone who can send Ghc3000 a month through Mobile Money transactions should not be considered a poor person.
“I don’t understand why people are condemning the government for introducing E-Levy which can help the government to develop this nation. We shouldn’t involve politics into any policy which can help the country” He said.
“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”