"E-Levy Is Thievery Not Tax" - NDC

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the controversial E-Levy as NOT being a TAX but rather, a plain thievery in the league of the PDS scandal and the likes.

This was disclosed at a press conference by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Youth Organizer, Mr.George Opare Addo, as he declares the party’s preparedness in joining an amalgamation of political parties, CSOs, other identifiable groups etc coming together under the cloak of the Coalition of Concerned Ghanaians to stage ‘Yentua Demonstration’ on Thursday, February 10, 2022 in Accra as the beginning of a nationwide protest to be staged across the country.

“Already, Ghanaians are saddled with many taxes resulting in the increase in petroleum products, high tariffs, increase in prices of goods and service, increase in the cost of living etc. Even when Ghanaians have almost unanimously kicked against the introduction of the obnoxious e-levy, the Akufo Addo/Bawumia administration is bent on using all means possible to force it down their throats”

He emphasized that, No leader who has the interest of his people at heart, wouldl seek to impose 1.75%, soon to be a 1.5% levy on the savings of the already suffering people.

According to Mr. Opare Qddo, the rationale behind the demonstration is to give backing to Members of the Minority Group in Parliament, who are fighting at the peril of their lives to stop the Akufo Addo/Bawumia administration from foisting its unpopular E-levy tax down the throats of Ghanaians.

Again, demand that the pain of university students at the mercy of the UTAG strike comes to an end.

Also, the gratuities of NABCO trainees and other outstanding arrears owed young people on various government platforms are paid immediately, Furthermore, the weak cedi be strengthened and nuisance taxes on petroleum products rescinded.

“The President and his spokesmen have given comic reasons why there is the need to impose the levy. The only reasons why this government is doing everything possible to impose the levy is that Ghana is not credit worthy hence it can no longer borrow or raise bonds on the international market”

He lamented that, President Akufo Addo is in bad need of the e-levy not to do things they claim they would use it for but principally, to finance his expensive globetrotting expeditions.

“At a time University students are lazing on campuses because lecturers are on strike, this government is only interested in passing an e-levy. All of a sudden, the economic prowess of the so-called fantastic economic management team has fizzled out such that e-levy has become the savior”.

The NDC National Youth Organizer therefore, call on all Ghanaians, including NPP members feeling the pinch, to join the Coalition on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at Obra Sport at 7:00am to demonstrate their revulsion to government.

He asked Government to immediately honour its obligations to university teachers so that they can return to the lecture halls likewise, urgently pay NABCO beneficiaries who are painfully depressed.

“We also demand that the Price Stabilisation and recovery levy be suspended without fail and the irrelevant sanitation and pollution levy all added to the petroleum price build-up be cancelled”. Story by: Williams Sarpong