The Minister for National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah has asked Ghanaians to consider the E-levy as their share of financial responsibility towards the nation’s development.
He made this remarks in a wide-ranging commentary, when he met with Commissioners, Management and Staff of the Ghana Revenue Authority.
The meeting formed part of his Ministry’s engagement with government agencies on Ghana’s National Security Strategy.
According to the experienced Chartered Accountant, government’s ability to tackle the numerous socio-economic problems is determined by the amount of revenues and resources at its disposal.
The Electronic levy bill seeks to impose 1.75 percent charges on some form of electronic transactions, including Momo transactions.
This has been at the center of controversy between the New Patriotic Party, the Opposition, National Democratic Congress and other stakeholders.
The Ghana Association of Mobile Money Agents, had threatened to go on a strike, describing the developed as counterproductive to their business.
The government says it is seeking to raise some 6.9 billion from E-levy to facilitate its infrastructural and youth entrepreneurial agenda.
But commenting on the various propositions, the Minister for National Security stated, as follows:
“Here in Ghana, the E-levy idea continues to divide opinions yet, these are but a few of the sacrifices that the citizenry must, in my opinion, be ready to make to support the government’s activity towards reviving the economy and providing much-needed public goods and public services.’’
‘’Accepting the E-levy will be one of the sacrifices Ghanaians can make to ensure the government is able to revive the economy and also provide the much-needed public goods and services’’,he added.