Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta during one of his sensitization tours on the E-levy stated that the proposed levy offers patriotic Ghanaians the opportunity to also contribute to nation-building.
Giving his speech during a town hall meeting in Wa in the Upper West Region on the controversial levy, Mr Ofori-Atta urged Ghanaians to take their destinies into their hands by accepting the E-levy which will tell the rest of the world the extent of their commitment to building the society.
Ever since the bill was introduced in parliament as one of the major economic policy statements in the 2022 budget, it has received serious criticisms from a cross-section of the Ghanaian public, with some calling for it to be scrapped.
But, the Finance Ministry still maintains that the e-levy has the potential to address Ghana’s economic needs.
Monday’s public forum in Wa, the Upper West Regional capital, is to educate the residents and solicit their support in implementing the levy.
“You are moving from a business that is GHS78 billion in 2016 to one that is GHS 950 billion in 2021. Why should we not begin to tax it so that we can do the work that we all have to do?”
“The e-levy really is a chance to show our true self and build that righteous society where our politics is good, we are the toast of the world, where our economy is moving on because we are an entrepreneurial nation where we protect values that cannot be challenged.”
The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, also called on residents of the Upper West Region to support the passage of the e-levy into law to rake in the needed revenue for the swift economic transformation.