The Member of Parliament for the Dormaa East constituency, Paul Apraku Twum Barimah, has brushed of claims by the ex- president, John Dramani Mahama, to abolish the electronic transaction levy should he win the 2024 general elections.
The honourable Member of Parliament says the ex- president would lack confidence and courage to even take that decision even if he is elected into office. He described Mahama’s promise as a scam that initiated to deceive a section of the public to get their votes and thus, urged Ghanaians to ignore him.
Paul Twum Barimah said the former president has become desperate for political power and is therefore doing anything in an attempt to win political power which is impossible.
According to the Member of Parliament for Dormaa East, the electronic transaction levy has come to stay and its implementation has been smooth and successful. For him, the implementation of the e-levy and the revenue being generated is helping to revive Ghana’s economy. ‘It has even caused the debt to GDP rate to reduce by some margins; a positive omen for the country which is also helping to boost investor confidence’.
“You remember when these NDC guys promised a one term premium for National Health Insurance Scheme under the late president Atta Mills when Mahama was his running mate and Later, vice president. What happened to it? They couldn’t implement it. You remember they said Free SHS was not feasible and later came back to claim it when it was successfully implemented by the Akufo Addo led NPP government. So NDC and John Mahama cannot be taken seriously based on their past negative records. They will even come and increase the e-levy rate from 1.5 percent to 2 percent and more if we don’t take care and mistakenly give them power. I want Ghanaians to ignore John Mahama him and his hollow promises and continue to have confidence in President Akufo Addo who has the vision and the competence to deliver and transform Ghana”. Honourable Twum Barimah stated.
The Electronic Transfer Levy Bill was passed by Parliament last month .The bill, after its passage has been assented into Law by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and printed by Ghana Publishing Company Ltd. The Ghana Revenue Authority has also commenced full implementation of the Act since 1st May, 2022.