The NDC’s Upper East Regional Communications Officer, Abdallah Jonathan Salifu has called on the Member of Parliament for the Binduri constituency, Abdulai Abanga to, as a matter of urgency, apologise to the people of Binduri for a statement the MP made about the electronic levy during its implementation stage in this year.
It could be recalled that the MP for the Binduri Constituency in February 2022 in an exclusive interview with Al Radio argued that most of the people in his constituency would not be affected if the bill for the implementation of the E-Levy went through.
“The E- Levy policy is that, If you are making a transaction or if you are transferring money to someone and it is less than Gh¢100.00 in a day you wouldn’t pay 1.75 percent or 1.5 percent that is supposed to be charged. So when I was in my constituency touring I discussed with them, I asked them whether they thought that among us here, will we usually in a day transfer Gh¢100.00 to another person? I did that, and obviously most of our transactions are within [the threshold],” he said.
Mr. Abanga buttressed his point saying the people of Binduri were not going to be affected because they transact less than Ghé 100.00 per day. The government went on to successfully pass and implement the levy but with the Ghe100.00 threshold.
But in the 2023 budget and government policy, the finance minister mentioned that the 1.5 percent in 2023 would be reduced to 1.0 percent without the Ghe100.00 threshold. This means that any amount of money that would be transacted electronically next year will attract a levy of 1 percent.
It is against this backdrop that the NDC Communication Officer, Mr. Abdallah Salifu is demanding an apology from the MP/ He made this demand when he spoke to A1 Radio on the Day Break Upper East Show.
“MP for Binduri Honourable Abanga should be apologising for the people of Binduri, because he was granted an interview here on this station when there was an argument about the hundred Ghana cedis threshold and said his people don’t do transactions more than hundred cedis. Now there’s no threshold, what explanation has he got for his people? He said it here, right in this studio. Now I am saying that whether 100 cedis or 1 cedis you have to pay the e- levy what explanation has he got for his people?”