Friday, 22 September

Let’s come together and expunge E-levy and Covid-19 levy – Ablakwa to MPs

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on his colleague parliamentarians to come together to expunge the E-levy and Covid-19 levy.

His call comes after President Akufo-Addo addressed the nation on Sunday, 28 May 2023, where he announced the end of Covid-19 as a health emergency in the country, thus, scrapping all covid-related restrictions.

However, the government failed to scrap the Covid-19 levy despite announcing that covid was no longer a health emergency.

“The COVID Health Recovery Levy that was introduced to help fill some of the expenditure holes might not be the most popular tax, but I entreat all of you to bear with us. The Covid Trust Fund has performed an invaluable service, and with these developments has reached the end of its mandate. I thank the trustees as well as all donors and contributors to the fund,” Nana Akufo-Addo said in his address.

Reacting to this, Mr Ablakwa in a Facebook post said President Akufo-Addo must be sincere and sensitive to the plight of suffering Ghanaians.

Touching on the E-levy, the lawmaker noted that since the government has secured an IMF bailout, there was no need for the E-levy as well.

He posted “Ghanaians expected President Akufo-Addo to have announced the scrapping of the unjustifiable COVID-19 levy as he lifts all covid restrictions.

“Ghanaians also expected the awful E-Levy to be abolished since his government has opted for an IMF bailout.

“President Akufo-Addo must be sincere and sensitive to the plight of suffering Ghanaians.

“I hope all parliamentarians will come together in the national interest, and take advantage of the mid-year budget review to expunge those two obsolete taxes.

“As President Akufo-Addo continues to let Ghanaians down, Parliament cannot afford to fail. May we be the people’s saving grace. Ghana First.”


Source: Mensah