The Deputy Information Minister Fatimatu Abubakar has urged the Leadership of the Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) not to act prematurely by embarking on their planned strike action on Thursday, December 23, 2021 over the yet-to-be introduced Electronic Transfer Levy.
Since Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta announcement the levy in the 2022 budget statement on Wednesday, November 17, there has been mixed reaction to the policy.
The Minority in Parliament, for instance, has mounted a strong resistance to the policy, claiming it is “draconian” and going to worsen the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian.
Telecommunication giants MTN and AirtelTigo last Friday announced that they will revise their charges downwards to cushion customers if the Levy comes into force.
But the MMAAG in a statement on Sunday, December 19, insists its members’ action on Thursday is to register “our total displeasure with the Government’s proposed e-levy of 1.75%”.
“All agents will go on strike hence all outlets will remain closed.”