Scrap E-levy & nuisance taxes on fuel now – Arise Ghana protesters demand

Pressure group Arise Ghana has called for the electronic transfer levy (E-levy) to be scrapped as well as some taxes on petroleum price build up.

The group said there is growing unemployment and corruption under the government that promised in opposition to deal with the canker drastically.

The protestors made the demands Wednesday when the leadership of Arise Ghana, backed by hundreds of protesters, presented a petition to the Finance Ministry and Parliament.

In his speech, Bernard Mornah, a former National Chairman of the PNC and a leading member of the group bemoaned how unemployment was “consuming” the youth.

He also demanded an action to address the cost of living crisis and unpopular government policies such as the re-introduction of the Agyapa deal.

The group had been demonstrating on the streets of Accra, the national capital, since Tuesday over the hardship in the country fuelled by food inflation and high cost of commodities.

Receiving the petition at the Finance Ministry, a deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Opare, assured that the government was working to address some cost of living concerns.

Government she indicated had started meeting with stakeholders “to see how best we can address the economic  situation that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the War Ukraine war.”

The deputy minister further assured that they were working to “make sure that as a government we will come out with policies and programmes that address the issues that have been raised here today.”

At the Parliament of Ghana, the petition was received by the Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who said, “we have noted the concerns that you raised including matters relating to taxes, and reclassification of the Achimota forests.”

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