Ghanaians will not have adequate hospitals, roads, or other social amenities if they reject the e-levy, according to Kwame Baffoe poularly called Abronye DC, the New Patriotic Party’s Bono Regional Communicator.
He justified his position by stating that taxes are used to fund infrastructure projects like roads and hospitals.
Taxes, he claims, are not painful, but paying off high-interest loans is. Kwame Baffoe believes that accepting the E-levy is preferable to seeking loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) , as some economists and financial experts have suggested.
if you oppose taxes [e-levy], then you have no right to demand decent hospitals, you have no right…yes taxes are used to improve the country. Once Ghanaians embrace paying taxes, I would assist them in demanding government responsibility for the e-levy. I won’t declare I’m an NPP member because when the e-levy is utilized to create roads, hospitals, and secondary and primary schools, I will profit.
He also said that Ghanaians would be entitled to accountability when they pay the electronic transaction tax now being debated in parliament.
Ghanaians should understand and accept the government’s position before demanding a list of all e-levy-funded projects.
He claimed that relying on the IMF for financial assistance is unsustainable, citing the fact that Ghana paid 350 million dollars in interest on an IMF loan taken by the John Mahama government in 2014.