The 1.75% e-levy, which would include taxes on mobile money payments, has been fiercely challenged by the opposition since it was first proposed last month and held up the passing of the national budget.
Members of parliament rushed the front of the chamber after Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu suggested the tax be debated and voted upon under a hastened “urgency” procedure. Some threw punches and grappled while others restrained their colleagues.
A vote on whether to proceed with the urgency procedure was postponed to Jan. 18.
“We need to demonstrate to the country that our democracy is growing, and will not suffer some of these unacceptable sins and spectacles we’ve witnessed on the floor,” minority leader Haruna Iddrisu said on Tuesday.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta argues that the levy would widen the tax net and raise an additional 6.9 billion Ghanaian cedi ($1.15 billion) in 2022.
But his proposal was met with boos and jeers in parliament when it was first announced.
Those opposed to the levy say it would disproportionately affect lower-income people and those outside the formal banking system who rely heavily rely on mobile money transfers, reducing overall economic activity.
Ofori-Atta has promised to hold further discussions with stakeholders about the levy.
Source:- Guardian Ng
Heartbreaking Throwback Video of 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar Kidnapped And Killed By Her School Teacher in Kano
“A touching throwback video of a little girl that was kidnapped and killed by her teacher has surfaced.
In the video, the late 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar was asking everyone to protect themselves.
Hanifa was kidnapped and killed by her own school proprietor in Kano last December. Her body was discovered a few days ago where the school teacher had buried her remains after feeding her with rat poison.
Before she was gruesomely murdered, Hanifa was filmed by family members urging everyone to protect themselves.
”“We should protect ourselves ,we should follow the rules,We should protect our health Arewa24 is our own.” she is quoted as saying
Watch video below:
Two Killed As Rival Cults Clash In Lagos Island
“No less than two persons have reportedly been killed during a clash between rival gangsters in the Idumota area of Lagos State.
According to Punch, the clash which started on Thursday evening degenerated into Friday morning leading to the death of the victims.
It was gathered that clash involved hoodlums from Idumota, Balogun, Martins and Oluwole areas of Lagos Island.
It also affected trading and other commercial activities on the Island on Friday.
The hoodlums reportedly shot sporadically into different directions as they displayed assorted arms and ammunition.
Some shops were also said to have been shut down but security agencies on ground assured market men and women to open their shops.
But they only mounted positions to forestall any form of resurgence of violence or hoodlums returning to take advantage of the situation.