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E-levy revolt due to Akufo-Addo’s expensive travels – Steve Manteaw

A policy analyst with the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), Dr. Steve Manteaw has noted that the resistance to taxes introduced by the Government of Ghana is a result of the insensitivity of the government to the plight of the people.

According to him, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s expensive travels did not portray a government that is serious about dealing with the pressures on its budget.

To him, this is the more reason why there’s been stiff opposition to the e-levy the government intends to introduce.

Making this known in a comment shared on Facebook, Steve Manteaw said “Precisely because of the difficult times, which you blame COVID for, our government must show leadership by reducing waste, curbing corruption, and avoiding profligacy. This expensive leasing of planes for presidential travels is an insult to our collective conscience. It smacks of recklessness”.

Adding that “On the question of COVID, we should have shown more prudence in government’s expenditure. Those expensive presidential travels did not portray a government that is serious about dealing with pressures on its budget. You see, insensitivity to the plight of the people begets resistance to taxes”.

To him, if the waste was cut out of the system, the country wouldn’t be here fighting over the introduction of new taxes.

“You’re right, if we can cut just a fraction of the waste and curb corruption, we might not need these humongous taxes being shoved down our throats.”

A cross-section of Ghanaians and the Minority in Parliament are fighting the government over the introduction of the e-levy which is expected to charge a tax of 1.75% on electronic transactions in the country.

To citizens and the Minority, the tax will bring untold hardship on the people and will also defeat the digital agenda the country is implementing because it does not allow for financial inclusion.

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