The group want the government to cancel the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy) immediately and also take steps to reduce inflation and arrest the depreciation of the cedi to help bring relief to the Ghanaian people.
“We call on the Ministry of Finance to scrap the E-Levy that is imposing more hardship on the people of Ghana and siphoning their capital and above all confiscating our savings,” a leading member of the group, Bernard Mornah said before presenting the petition to two deputy ministers of Finance, John Kumah and Abena Osei Asare on Tuesday.
“The ministry should take urgent steps to ensure that inflation is brought down to the barest minimum to allow the poor with little income to afford basic commodities,” they added.
Mr Mornah said although the petition was addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, the Finance Ministry was best placed to deal with its concerns.
After receiving the petition, a Deputy Minister of Finance, Abena Osei Asare assured us that the government was already taking steps to bring economic relief to Ghanaians and had already met relevant stakeholders on the issues.
She also expressed gratitude to the protestors and the security services for ensuring an incident-free demonstration on Tuesday.
Parliament receives petition
Mr Iddrisu said Parliament would take note of the contents of the petition and address them.
He also commended the protestors and security personnel for safeguarding a peaceful protest.
He urged the protestors to demonstrate peacefully, adding that the petition would be considered and addressed appropriately.