The Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has said the government needs money to be able to take care of critical government expenditure in addition to building infrastructure and creating jobs.
For this reason, he has asked Ghanaians to support the E-Levy.
Speaking in Wa in the Upper West Region during the fourth townhall meeting, Mr. Ofori-Atta reiterated that the levy was crucial and Ghanaians must support it.
He said although the E-Levy may not bring in a lot of money, what would be realized should be enough to support the government.
“E-levy as small as you might think, it will be GH¢7 billion, starting this year if we had started early so we could pay your District Assembly Common Fund but your [opposition] sitting on it,” he said.
“If I look at Upper West where we have 11 constituencies…we have 340,000 people being youth with serious issues of unemployment with eight of our MPs coming from the NDC. What reason will they have to support an e-levy which is looking about GH¢10 billion intervention called YouStart which is looking at getting to the heart of employment,” he said.
“Hate NPP all you want but what about your 340,000 youth who need jobs? What is the reason?”