The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has stated that without the 1.75% levy on all electronic transactions, the government cannot build new roads.
According to him, the GH¢4.6 billion owed contractors cannot be paid if Ghanaians refuse to pay the E-levy.
Addressing the media in Accra on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, he said the cost of the pandemic.
“We must look inward to mobilize resources for the country to develop, to build our roads, to build clinics, health facilities, to build educational facilities, to deliver potable water and one of the ways to do this is by the introduction of e-levy and people say: ‘No, we would not allow you to borrow outside, we will not allow you to also raise revenue from inside this country,” Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu noted.
“So where are we going? Do we want development or we don’t want development? Do we want our roads to be built or not to be built?” the Suame MP asked.
As a reminder, Ghana’s finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta has announced that the government intends to introduce an electronic transaction levy (e-levy) in the 2022 budget.
The proposed levy, which will come into effect on 1 February 2022, is a charge of 1.75% of the value of electronic transactions.