Government could ask for E-Levy as collateral – Dzifa Bampoh

Audiovisual journalist, Dzifa Gbeho Bampoh

Broadcast journalist, Dzifa Gbeho Bampoh, suggested that the government aims to use the Electronic Transfer Tax (E-Levy) as a valuable asset to secure a loan.

Speaking to Francis Abban in the Morning Starr on Friday, broadcaster Media General said the government’s approach to pushing the bill forward was problematic.

“The government is deaf. I know there are other things they don’t tell us. How do we not know that they will not guarantee this amount?

“Ghanaians don’t want it. I don’t want it because I don’t want to pay tax. But the approach. In Ashongman there is a 2.5 km road which I have used for five years, the road is horrible. Ashesi University, it’s a shame that this road is like this.

She continued, “No government can solve all the problems, but at least deal with the problems that bother ordinary people. The challenge for us in Ghana is that our government has not been very accountable for the resources given to it. Ghanaians are therefore not willing to pay more for anything.

The broadcast journalist said the government would be wrong to continue pushing for the E-Levy due to strong opposition.

“Even the TOR levy, there is no accountability. The government is deaf. I know there are other things they don’t tell us. How do we not know that they are not going to guarantee this amount,” she reiterated.

“The government, unfortunately, got it wrong. They need to take a step back. If you want to tax online businesses, identify them. I don’t think the government should do that partly because there is so much opposition. That is why when church leaders go around it means they are not reading their condition,” she added.

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