After controversies and stalled negotiations with the Minority MPs over the Electronic transaction levy, the government’s much-anticipated town hall meeting to sensitize the citizenry on the E levy came off today January 27th 2022 at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
When finally the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta had the opportunity to address the attendees of the program, he did not mince words in shading the opposition stating that President Akufo-Addo has earned international respect due to the number of all-inclusive projects he has been able to initiate to develop the country despite the National Democratic Congress doubting if he could get the finance to carry out such projects thus emphasizing on why as a country this levy needs to be introduced.
“We went through 2017 to 2019 with incredible stellar results as to what we, as a country have been able to achieve, moving from 3.4 per cent of growth to somewhere over 7 per cent, reducing our budget deficit, and then to 6.5%, moved to about 5 per cent making sure that our currency does not depreciate as it used to be and quite stable.
“Also, having the necessary foreign exchange cover to make sure that we are able to support our currency and import. Again we did the impossible, spent over 14 billion cedis on education, 14 billion on health care, 14.9bn on enhancing our internal security and it comes as what we were able to do with the monies NDC assured we will never be able to get.
“So, the benefits have been for all of us, all-inclusive growth in which about 1.26 million children have benefited from free SHS, 3.45million covered by School Feeding Program, NABCO 100,000 young persons, the largest in our history and over 334 households are given lifeline under the LEAP programme. so, for us, the sovereignty of our people is clear everybody as a citizen has a part in this enterprise of this idea of a Ghana that is confident, prosperous.
“Our president has also earned incredible international repute and our own Ghanaian walk outside, even here, NDC or NPP, their heads are high because they know that Akufo-Addo has done it.
“We have to continue these initiatives but the challenge is, where do we get the resources to be able to do this. Traditionally, when you are caught in such a thing you increase petrol and we know the effect it has on all of us,” Ken Ofori-Attah noted.