Gov’t’ll pay all contractors when e-levy is implemented – Roads Minister

The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta has said all contractors owed by government will be paid when the E-levy is implemented.

The Minister has, therefore, called on road contractors across the country to support government’s proposed tax on electronic transactions.

According to the roads minister, contractors will also be direct beneficiaries of government’s proposed e-levy, when it is implemented.

Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the Road Contractors Association, the Minister said: “When the E-levy is implemented, the road sector will get its fair share. All contractors owed by the government will be paid.

“A number of deplorable roads will be fixed when the E-Levy is introduced because all contractors we owe will be paid. You are going to benefit directly from its implementation. No serious government will joke with its contractors.”

The Minister also hinted of plans by the government to turn the various toll booth structures across the country into washrooms for road users.

“We even want to refurbish all those toll booth structures to provide proper and decent washrooms for use by motorists to avoid situations where motorists stop to ease themselves indiscriminately,” Mr Amoako-Atta stated.

The E-levy is a proposed 1.75 per cent tax on all electronic transactions in the country.

The main opposition National Democrayic Congress and its Minority in Parliament as well as a cross section of the population have kicked against the levy.

However, several calls on the government to drop the proposed tax have fallen on deaf ears.


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