Thomas Kusi-Boafo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Sector Reforms, has urged members of Parliament’s Minority to make the passage of the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-Levy) bill a top priority.
The minority has been staunchly opposed to the government’s planned 1.5 percent E-Levy, leading the bill’s approval to be delayed.
This has impacted the government’s efforts to generate money, as indicated in the 2022 budget.
Mr. Kusi Boafo cautioned the Minority about the consequences of failing to support the E-Levy bill in an interview with Wontumi FM, which was broadcast live on GhanaWeb.
He stated that if the law is not passed, MPs would face the consequences.
“Funds for the payment of your salary will be difficult to come by if you refuse to pass E-Levy. Your income will be affected in the same manner that your refusal to pass E-Levy will hinder us from establishing job possibilities for others.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it at the same time.” According to the government, income has decreased. “This will not effect their (MPs) pay alone; your allowances, such as sitting and petrol allowances, will all be affected,” he explained.
Some spending cuts, including a drop in CEO pay, have been announced as part of the government’s efforts to address current economic issues.
Members of the minority who are MPs from the opposition National Democratic Congress have issued notice of their refusal to accept wage sacrifices, despite demands for members of the legislature to follow suit.
Mr Kusi Boafo, in response to the opposition MPs’ attitude, stated in an interview, “Who should sacrifice for you if you don’t want to sacrifice?” If you, as a member of Parliament, who has pledged to sacrifice, are unwilling to do so, who do you expect to sacrifice?”