George Mireku Duker, Member of Parliament for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, has uncovered what he feels is dishonesty on the part of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority in Parliament in relation to the approval of the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-Levy) Bill.
The Bill was presented to Parliament for deliberation and voting on Tuesday, March 29, but the Minority staged a walkout in protest.
They’ve been against the bill since it was revealed by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta during his presentation of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.
He detailed the process that led to Bill’s passage, stating that it had gone through consideration and amendment stages before being passed.
“It was presented before a committee, which was the Finance Committee. The Committee deliberated on it, solicited input from all members, and then presented it to Parliament. The Speaker then challenged the parties who made contributions to justify their actions. As a result, the Minority walked out at this time. The Speaker, on the other hand, permitted the Majority to make their secondments or otherwise to the Minority members’ contributions (amendments) before the Bill was passed “Hon. Mireku Duker explained.
He went on to say that the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mubarak Muntaka, NDC MP for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George, and the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, who is also a member of the Minority, all contributed significantly to the E-Levy Bill in the hope that it would be approved.
Hon. Mireku Duker handed the document to Kwami Sefa Kayi, the host of Peace FM’s morning show, as proof that the Minority was heavily involved in Bill’s passing and was merely playing on the emotions of their followers and Ghanaians in general.
Listen to him in the video below:
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