The Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is set to embark on a street protest against the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-levy) on Thursday, February 10, 2022.
A letter signed by the National Youth Organiser of the Party, George Opare Addo, explained that there is an urgent need for them to protest the tax policy, saying “the young people of this country are frustrated and tired of the happenings in the country.”
They want the government to “rescind its desperate efforts on the Electronic [Transactions] Levy, end widespread corruption, redeem young people from mass unemployment, pay outstanding arrears to workers and end the UTAG endless strike immediately.”
The protest dubbed ‘Yenntua Demonstration’ will start at 7am at the Obra Spot.
“Young people are fed up and will resist across the country the continuous deterioration of the governance of this country. Petitions will be presented to the President at the seat of government, Jubilee House, and the Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament at Parliament House.”
The letter was addressed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Majority Leader has revealed that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, will withdraw the controversial E-levy in Parliament and re-introduce same.
Alexander Afenyo-Markin said government will withdraw the controversial levy on Tuesday, February 15.
Presenting the business statement for Parliament next week, the Effutu MP said government will reintroduce the E-levy Friday, February 18.
According to JoyNews’ Kwesi Parker-Wilson, the reintroduced levy be at a reviewed percentage of 1.5.
Government seeks to resort to internal and domestic revenue mobilisation measures, including introducing the controversial Electronic Transactions Levy (E-levy).
The E-levy has been a bone of contention between the Majority and Minority Groups in Parliament since its introduction during the presentation of the 2022 budget statement and economic policy.
While the Minority MPs are against it, the Majority side has declared its support and intention to ensure its passage, arguing that the country has no other option but to fall on the e-levy to raise the required funds to support the country’s development.
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