Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has called on Ghanaians to join hands in becoming masters of “our own destiny” by helping the government to close the revenue gap in the annual budgets.
The government has proposed an electronic levy of 1.75% to help reduce the country’s debt and deficit while enabling it to fund the growing demands of the Ghanaian people.
The e-levy has become the subject of public debate with the minority in parliament kicking against it while the majority side pushes for it.
The impasse over the e-levy has compelled government officials to be touring the country and explaining the benefits of the levy to the ordinary Ghanaian at town hall meetings organised by the Ministry of Information.
According to the government officials, the e-levy is the way to go to raise revenue to help develop infrastructure, create jobs and facilitate social interventions.
At the second town hall meeting at the Sekondi Takoradi Youth Hall on Wednesday, 2 February 2022, Mr Ofori-Atta argued that the time has come for Ghanaians to step up their contribution toward paying for the demands they make.