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Prez Akufo-Addo Signs E-levy Bill Into Law | Politics

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Sources close to the Presidency, have revealed that President Akufo-Addo has signed the E-levy Bill into law.

Speaking t o Joy News, Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, confirmed that, the President assented to the Bill on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

As a result, the Bill, which was passed by Parliament on Tuesday, has now become a binding law which will be operationalised as a revenue measure across the country. 

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has hinted that the implementation of the levy may commence in May, 2022.

According to him, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) will have all the systems in place for the operationalization of the levy by then.

“We had a key meeting with the Controller General and the GRA and they have indicated to us that right at the beginning of May, they should be able to get the systems altogether,” he said.

Background to the Presidential assent

Parliament approved the controversial Electronic Transactions (E-Levy) Bill on Tuesday afternoon. This decision was reached after the Consideration Stage was completed by a Majority-sided House on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

It was considered under a certificate of urgency.

The Bill was adopted at a reduced rate of 1.5% from the initial 1.75% amid a Minority walkout. The tax, which has become a subject of debate among Ghanaians is expected to rake in close to ¢6 billion in tax revenue for the country.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has already hinted that its structures have been revised and ready to ensure mobilization of the income. The Finance Minister was in Parliament to push for the Bill’s passage a day to President Akufo-Addo’s State of The Nation Address.

From the onset, the Minority had accused the Majority Caucus of smuggling into the Order Paper the consideration of the controversial Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy).

According to the Tamale South MP, E-levy was not enlisted in Parliament’s business statement for this week. He questioned why the Majority will pull such a surprise on the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislators.

But Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare, urged Members of Parliament to join hands in passing the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) Bill to enhance the country’s economic recovery process.

According to her, Ghanaians have already accepted the tax revenue measure and expect its passage.

This, she stated, will help address domestic challenges derailing growth of the local economy, a development which has led to a high cost of living in the country.

But after a 30-minute break, the Minority Leader announced that his side will have nothing to do with the Bill.
He maintained that the outcome will bring untold hardship to the populace. On that note, he led the NDC MPs to vacate the chamber.

After this development, the House, despite the Minority’s absence embarked on a speedy consideration and effected a few changes in the Bill following which the motion was moved to accept it.

In a voice vote, the Minority sided Parliament admitted the E-Levy Bill.

Speaker, Alban Bagbin therefore ruled, “Honourable members, the Electronic Transfer Levy Bill 2021 duly read the third time and passed.”

Source: UTV/Joy News

 

 

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Leave Free SHS Debate To Politicians – President Akufo-Addo Urges Students | Politics

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged beneficiaries of the free senior high school (SHS) policy to concentrate on their studies and come out to be globally competitive citizens.

He advised them to leave the debate about its implementation to the politicians.

“Leave to the politicians the debate of Free SHS and don’t be distracted. Whether we should have Free SHS or we are spending too much money, or whether Akufo-Addo is handling it well, those are not your problems, they are my problem; the problem of those engaged in politics,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo gave the advice when he presented awards to the winners of the Junior Graphic 2021 Essay competition at the Jubilee House in Accra last Friday.

The Junior Graphic National Essay Competition is held in partnership with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advisory Unit at the Office of the President, with support from BiC, IPMC, and the Ghana Library Authority.

This competition is organised to improve the reading and writing skills of children in both basic and junior high schools.

Out of more than 2,970 entries, 11 contestants won the award.

President Akufo-Addo, however, told the students that they should not allow the nature of political debate to scare them when they grow up, because it was a worthwhile endeavour which offered the opportunity to serve their people, bring progress and bridge the knowledge and development gap.

He expressed the confidence that with the brilliance exhibited by the winners, one of them could in future become President of the country, but advised that “but for the time being, your emphasis has to be on your learning. Pay attention to what your teachers and parents tell you and work hard.”

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The President said finding the time for leisure and play was also good as expressed by the English expression that “All work and no play no play, makes Jack or Jill that dull boy or girl”, pointing out that they should also be mindful that “We want you to grow up as well-rounded patriotic citizens of the future and Ghana”.

President Akufo-Addo indicated that with the manner they had started successfully what laid in prospect for them was “only good things”, saying “I am happy that you have been able to come here with your parents”.

Akufo-Addo/Nkrumah Picture

The President stated that he never had the opportunity to meet the President during his childhood and school days and explained that he had seen a picture gone viral showing him saying ‘hello’ to Kwame Nkrumah and stated emphatically that “It wasn’t me”.

“I hope it’s a memorable occasion for you; you go away from here inspired”, the President said, adding that he would monitor their progress along the ladder.

Source: Graphiconline

 

 

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COKA Picks Number 3 To Lead The Third NPP Government? | Politics

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Balloting in politics has always been a big deal as religious and traditional people read several meanings and interpretations into it.

Many who believe in this myth are confident of the psychological advantage it carries for their candidates and vice versa.

Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, a chairman aspirant for the New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti Region is number three on the ballot for the 2022 Regional polls on May 27.

One of the main contenders and incumbent chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako picked number two, perhaps to clearly distinguish the space between them.

This came to light after a balloting exercise was conducted at the Regional Coordinating Council.

The others, Kofi Adum Bawuah, Robert Asare-Bediako and Kwabena Owusu Aduomi picked 2, 4, and 5 respectively. 

Whereas the perceived COKA contender (Wontumi) campaign message is about “Guy Guy n3 sika” literally meaning ‘showing off and money’, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah keeps preaching Hope, dignity, teamwork, Unity, Strengthening the structures of the party and above all working together to break the 8-year chain in the country’s political history.

While the incumbent is seeking re-election with his Toa so message, COKA consistently calls for change. A change he believes will turn around the fortunes of the NPP in the Ashanti Region.

Source: Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

 

 

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No Propaganda Can Derail NPP’s Election 2024 Victory – Yakubu | Politics

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Mr Abubakari Yakubu, the newly-appointed Sunyani East Constituency Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party ((NPP) says no political propaganda can derail the Party’s sterling achievements and stop it from winning the Election 2024.

Yakubu, the newly-appointed Sunyani East Constituency Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party ((NPP) says no political propaganda can derail the Party’s sterling achievements and stop it from winning the Election 2024.

He emphasized the eight-year cycle governance of the country’s democratic dispensation had not been good for the nation, putting development back and forth, saying, the NPP was now determined to break the ‘jinx” and continue with its laudable policies and programmes to build a better Ghanaian society.

Mr Yakubu emphasized Sunyani residents and Ghanaians were aware of the  level of development witnessed in the country under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government, saying such achievements would subsequently translate into votes in the next general election.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Mr Yakubu, popularly known as ‘Baba Amando” encouraged President Akufo-Addo and his government to ignore political detractors who might find ‘ways and means’ to use political propaganda to make the NPP unpopular in the eyes of the electorate.

He said President Akufo-Addo, the NPP in general as well as Mr Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, the Member of Parliament for Sunyani East and Mr John Ansu Kumi, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive must, thus, concentrate on achieving their visions for the nation and building a better society for all.

Mr Yakubu said advancement in technology and improved infrastructure alone, such as networks, educational and health facilities in the Sunyani East constituency, in particular, had made the NPP more attractive and expressed the hope that government’s efforts towards the post-COVID-19 economic recovery would succeed to bring smiles on the faces of Ghanaians.

“I really understand the current economic situation in the country is not all that good. But certainly, the national economy will bounce back by the close of 2022. There is currently a global economic downturn, things are not moving well as expected globally, but our sacrificial President is doing everything possible to make life comfortable for the ordinary citizen,” he stated.

Mr Yakubu hoped 2023 would be a year of unprecedented economic growth and prosperity for all, and advised Ghanaians to maintain their hopes in the government, sacrifice a little and support President Akufo-Addo to chart a prosperous course of development for the country.

He observed it would be politically and economically suicidal for Ghanaians to be swayed and change over political power to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2024, saying the NDC had nothing new or good to offer the good people of Ghana.

“It is always difficult to build what somebody has already destroyed. The NPP has laid back foundation and any attempt to push the Party back to the opposition would have serious repercussions on all of us and we must therefore move forward to push the development of the nation to the next level,” Mr Yakubu stated.

As a stronghold of the NPP, the Communications Director promised Sunyani East Constituency executives of the Party would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the NPP retained the parliamentary seat and add more votes to the presidential ballot as well in 2024.

He said Election 2024 was just around the corner and the Sunyani East constituency executives had re-focused and initiated realistic strategies to enable Party members to reach out to sell the ideologies and philosophies as well as the achievements of the NPP to particularly the masses at the grassroots level and canvass for more votes for the Party.

Mr Yakubu indicated the polling stations and constituencies of the NPP remained the strong pillars of the Party and underlined the need for the Party leadership to resource the executives at those levels to be able to reach out to and woo floating voters into the NPP to enhance its fortunes in the Election 2024.

He also appealed to the NPP communicators to conduct issue-based campaigns on the airwaves so that attempts by the NDC communicators to sway them off the track of issue-based campaign would not succeed.

Source: GNA

 

 

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