E-Levey: If You Want Accountability, You Don’t Force Your Way Via Numbers- MP Slams Gov’t
The Member of Parliament for Wassa Amenfi East, hon. Nicholas Amankwah have lambasted the NPP government to use transparent and proper channel to have their business approved in Parliament without obstacles.
The Wassa Amenfi East MP roars that the Majority in Parliament and President Nana Addo’s administration have no justification to push its way with numbers if they want to be accountable to Ghanaians.
According to the MP, the government is obliged to ensuring accountability to Ghanaians hence, any policy or introduction of new taxes must be welcomed by majority of its citizens.
Nicholas Amankwah was reacting to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Right of deputy speaker’s to cast vote on decision making in Parliament on a Radio station in Accra.
Commenting on clauses of the 2022 budget speciffically the E-Levy, the MP who is a member of Parliamentary select committee on Social Welfare and State Enterprises, and Employment committee says the Minority is unwavering on its position to reject what he described as oppressor’s rule, the imposition of E-levy by government.
He revealed that the government was seeking to pass this new financial policy under a certificate of urgency without passing through gazette, a breach of article 103 of the 1992 constitution he said.
Consensus building, compromise, and broader consultation among both sides of parliament as a means of breaking away from the rancor that characterized proceedings in Parliament, according to the MP, is the best way to go.
According to him, the only way to navigate the difficulties associated with a hung parliament is through the use of dialogue.
The NDC MP who is affectionately called Home Boy also noted that the woes of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo should be blamed on the Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta.
He believes that Ken Ofori Atta is the one making the President and his government unpopular with certain unpopular decisions.
However, the MP noted that, it was good for Ghanaians to appreciate God for the Hung parliament we are witnessing.
“This time around, God in his own wisdom knows the reason why he gave us an equal numbers, if not, President Nana Addo and Ken Ofori Atta would have collateralized Ghana for their own interests.
Home Boy predicted that due to unprecedented hike in fuel price, fuel will sell at GHS 30 per gallon by close of March this year.