E-levy: Dialogue, mutual respect will resolve most of the issues in Parliament – Prof Abdulai

Senior Advisor at the Africa Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption, Professor David Abdulai has called for dialogue among the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members in Parliament to resolve their differences in the House.

He said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday March 5 that mutual respect is the wayforward for the lawmakers at this moment.

“Moving forward, what is important is that whether it is the NDC or the NPP in power whatever you are going to do… you need to educate and take the people along with you. I think that has been the challenge.

“We as Africans and as Ghanaians must talk to each other, respect each other in such a way that we can communicate, communication is very important,” he said.

Regarding the proposed E-levy, Professor David Abdulai revealed that 91 per cent of Ghanaians are not in favour of the proposal.

He further raised issues against the strategy that was adopted by the Finance Ministry regarding the proposal. He said the failure of the Ministry to engage stakeholders prior to the introduction of the policy was wrong because that meant putting the cart before the horse.

In his view, the ongoing nationwide town hall meetings should have been done before the proposal was submitted to Parliament.

Speaking on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday March 5, he said “The strategy of the Finance Ministry is wrong. What they did is to put the cart before the horse. This is not the time to now go around trying to hold town hall meetings, get buy-ins from Ghanaians. They should have done that much earlier before the bill was introduced in Parliament. So the pressure on the speaker, in my opinion, is misplaced.

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“I am saying strategy-wise they should have done it much earlier and then you actually engage the NDC members in Parliament before you even bring it to the floor. Good luck to them but I don’t think the pressure is fair to the Speaker.

“The speaker will do his best but I think Ghanaians have already made it very clear, 91 per cent of the populace have made it clear they are not interested in the E-levy. The Majority leader mentioned a few days ago that they never expected such resistance even though they knew.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana