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Concerned Ghanaians to demonstrate over E-Levy bill on Thursday

The group comprising various political parties, civil society organisations and other identifiable groups met with the police on Tuesday to agree on routes for the demonstration

A group calling itself Coalition of Concerned Ghanaians is to embark on a demonstration on Thursday (10 February) over the controversial E-Levy bill.

The group comprising various political parties, civil society organisations and other identifiable groups met with the police on Tuesday to agree on routes for the demonstration.

A statement issued by the group said “all and sundry feeling the pinch and bearing the brunt of insensitive Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration as well those who will feel the severe impact of the E-levy, if passed to join other well-meaning Ghanaians at the Obra Spot at 7:00am on Thursday, February 10, 2022 for the Yentua demonstration.”

“The is a clarion call and a civic duty to fight for our survival and that of generations yet unborn. This is our country and the onus is on us, as citizens to make it a better place,” the statement added.

Akufo-Addo is not listening to Ghanaians

Kwame Jantuah, a private legal practitioner is claiming that President Nana Akufo-Addo is not listening to the sentiments of Ghanaians regarding the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy).

He expressed disappointment over what he described as the president’s insistence on passing the controversial E-Levy despite the public uproar against the proposed bill.

“Last week, I was saying that we haven’t heard from the President, we haven’t heard from the Vice-President. During the week, we heard from the President and the one thing I felt sad about, is when the President intimated that so far as he is concerned, he’s determined to pass the E-Levy.

“…That operative word ‘determined’, told me he is not listening to Ghanaians. And as a President, you should listen to Ghanaians. If he’s determined let’s say if a minority is not in favour, do you not listen to what the minority is saying? You listen,” Jantuah said.

Listen to us

He added: “You’ve brought E-Levy. It’s not a question of why you think it’s going to help us. Listen to us first.”

Speaking on The Forum on Asaase Radio on Saturday (5 February), Jantuah further stated that the town hall meetings on the E-Levy are intended to force the bill on Ghanaians.

“The E-Levy is not popular so you come out with ways to make it better, not force it down our throats. With the town hall meetings, they’re talking at us, not talking with us. I’m getting to a point where I’m saying to myself, whatever you say about it, the party in power will have its way. So, let’s pass the E-Levy and see its impact,” he added.

Pushing through developmental agenda

President Akufo-Addo said his administration is determined to use all available means to push through its development agenda for the country irrespective of any opposition to it.

Addressing the chiefs and elders of the Dzodze Traditional Area when they paid a courtesy call on him (1 February 2022), at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo said in spite of the setback he is facing in Parliament over the introduction of the electronic levy (E-Levy), the government will continue to persevere to find the means to address pertinent issues affecting the state.

President Akufo-Addo intimated that as a country, it has become necessary to “look within for our sustainability” and not depend on aid.

“It is not going to be possible for us in Ghana to continue forever to be dependent on foreign grants and foreign loans to keep our economy going. We ourselves would have to find the money for our development,” Akufo-Addo said.

“That is the reason why it has become necessary for us to introduce these measures like this famous tax [E-Levy] which has caused so much unnecessary, in my view, disputation,” he added.

Fred Dzakpata

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