The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has catered that the proposed e-levy will give Ghanaians the moral right to demand their more from the government.
Speaking at the second townhall organized by the government to he admonished Ghanaians to embrace the unpopular levy, Mr. Ofori-Atta said the e-levy would also be a step towards “the Ghanaian dream.”
“Once you pay taxes, you will have the moral authority to be able to require certain performance from the political elite, and that is what we should be doing.”
“Our call to you is to let your MPs know that beyond all of this the Ghana dream will require that we are all part of this burden-sharing…to build our country,” the minister said.
He maintained that the e-levy was necessary since it would help widen the the net.
The government expects the levy to provide an extra GH¢ 6.9 billion to execute developmental projects in 2022.
“We also looked at our fiscal consolidation, in which we then said that we were going to try and reduce our deficit in a way that enables us to get a lot more resources for that.”
“We will be reminded to ensure that we use this money well, and the issue of protecting the public purse becomes paramount to us,” Mr. Ofori-Atta said.