Following certain adjustments to the 2022 budget, Yapei-Kusawgu MP John Jinapor has rejected the idea that the government has made some concessions to the Minority in Parliament.
After the administration responded to five items the Minority wanted amended in the 2022 budget, Mr. Jinapor condemned the story as “very simplistic.”
The Minority demanded that the Electronic Transaction Levy be suspended, that the Agyapa deal ideas be removed from the budget, that the language on the Aker Energy agreement be rewritten, and that the benchmark import values be reviewed.
While the administration made some improvements in response to public pressure, the primary concerns about the e-levy remained unaddressed.
I don’t consider changing Aker’s phrase to say “we will pursue the Aker Energy deal in accordance with Parliamentary approval” to be a concession. “All we’re asking is that you do what’s right.”
It’s too simplistic to suggest that because you agreed that the budget statement did not effect what the house approved and fixed it, and then move on to say I’ve provided a concession, you must also agree on the other leg. “I don’t consider that a concession,” the MP added.
The government’s adjustments, he believes, “do not affect the fiscal figures.”
“Because of the capping and realignment, the fees and charges have an impact on the fiscal tables.” It also has an impact on you, the average Ghanaian.”
Mr. Jinapor reiterated that his side ultimately wanted the e-levy postponed, notwithstanding the Minority Leader’s suggestion that the Minority would be ready to compromise.
In terms of our perspective, we are categorically opposed to the e-levy in its entirety.
“A lot of statistics came up during conversations,” he added.
According to the Minority Leader, the Minority may be receptive to the charge being decreased from 1.75 percent to 1% and the transaction maximum being lifted from GHS 100 to GHS 300.