The Akufo-Addo, administration, has blamed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority Members of Parliaments (MPs) for its decision to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The reason given is that, NDC MPs, for six months refused to join hands with their majority counterpart to pass the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy, popularly known as the E-Levy.
This delay, according to thinking of the government, is the reason why Ghanaians are refusing to pay E-Levy.
First of all, E-Levy is not a compulsory tax, like the income tax or value Added Tax (VAT), so Ghanaians have the option to use MOMO or not.
If the government, especially the minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, had listened to wise counsel, to thread with caution or as suggested, reduce the percentage to one percent or less, perhaps Ghanaians, would have bought into the levy.
Ghanaians refusal to pay is also borne out of the mistrust they have for the current administration. They is so much wastage and corruption in the system, paint a picture of a government that does not care.
Thirdly, the president’s refusal to relieve some of his ministers, especially the finance minister of their positions in spite of glaring evidence of non-performance, also sends a message that no matter how bad things get, no one will not be held accountable.
As the number one gentleman of the land, the president is ultimately responsible for the lives and properties of every single Ghanaian.
It has been the choice of the president not to reshuffle his incompetent finance minister and introduce a fresh limb, capable of managing the finances of the economy.
We are of the opinion that, there is no stronger message the president can send to his appointees, than to relieve one or two of their posts, beginning with Ken Ofori-Atta, no matter how unpalatable the decision may be.
The minority, were within their right to oppose any bill or tax, they feel is inimical to the Ghanaian public.