‘A new NDC government in 2025 will repeal the E-Levy Act’ – John Mahama

Mahama delivers lecture on the state of the nation

Mahama insists Ghana is at a crossroads

Mahama promises to scrap E-Levy if elected in 2025

Former President John Dramani Mahama has promised that the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) will be scrapped by the next National Democratic Congress, NDC, government.

According to him, the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government is desperately applying burdensome taxes as a means of curing ills associated with their mismanagement of the economy.

Mahama stressed that even though the NDC did not oppose taxation in principle, “we will not be pretentious and couch fanciful slogans to condemn the principle of taxation like the NPP did in the past.”

Speaking at a lecture on the state of the nation on May 2, 2022, he said: “Government’s desperation to tax Ghanaians to get the nation out of the hell hole it has dumped us will not succeed because Government’s own budget proposals show that the e-levy will not make any significant contribution in resolving our problems but would exert an adverse toll on the people of Ghana.

“We in the NDC do not oppose taxation as a principle. We will not be pretentious and couch fanciful slogans to condemn the principle of taxation like the NPP did in the past.

“We are, however, implacably opposed to distortionary and burdensome taxes like the e-levy that only force Ghanaians to endure more suffering.

“A new National Democratic Congress Government, God willing and with the votes of the sovereign people of Ghana – in 2025 – will repeal the E-Levy Act,” he said to cheers from the audience.

The lecture titled, “Ghana at a crossroads,” took place at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra and was attended by top functionaries of the NDC including the party’s 2020 presidential running mate, Naana-Jane Opoku Agyemang.

Mahama stressed that; “even as this government remains fixated with taxing their way out of economic mismanagement, the Akufo-Addo government has been wasteful. They have failed to demonstrate prudence in public financial management.”

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