Bono Minister rallies support of traditional authorities towards e-levy implementation
Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister has appealed to Traditional Authorities to understand and cooperate with the government on the implementation of the Electronic Transaction Levy (e-levy).
She explained the passage and implementation of the e-levy was anything to over-burden Ghanaians, instead well-positioned the nation to mobilise the needed financial resources required to tackle national development challenges, thereby making life comfortable for the ordinary citizenry.
As the embodiment of the people, the Regional Minister therefore called on chiefs and queens in the country to shun the on-going political propaganda adopted by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to make the government unpopular in the eyes of Ghanaians on the implementation of the e-levy.
Mad Owusu-Banahene made the appeal when she interacted with the Banda and Nsawkaw Traditional Councils at separate meetings at Banda-Ahenkro and Nsawkaw respectively, during a courtesy, as part her two-day visits to the Banda and Tain Districts and Wenchi Municipality in the Bono Region.
Accompanied by key staff of the Bono Regional Coordinating Council, the Regional Minister was in the areas to interact with the people, identify and help tackle teething development challenges and immediate needs of the local communities.
Mad Owusu-Banahene explained the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) had had a huge toll on the national economy, saying effective and efficient taxation remained the surest remedy to revive the economy.
She said every developed nation relied on taxation, assuring that with the implementation of the e-levy the development of the country would experience a turnaround in the short term.
Mad Owusu-Banahene told their chiefs that without their support, it would be extremely development for the government to bring the development of the nation to the next level, and asked them to take the responsibility and educate their subjects on the relevance of taxation with emphasis on the e-levy.
She said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recognised and appreciated the continuous support of chiefs and queens in helping him to achieve his vision for the nation, saying “our president is hopeful you would continue to support him so that through the e-levy the nation would be financial strong to push the development of Ghana forward”.
Mad Owusu-Banahene said the e-levy had put the government on the spotlight, and assured with the implementation of the levy in May this year, Ghanaians would witness drastic improvement in their living standards in the long term.