Social media users on Twitter shared their thoughts on the interaction between President Akufo-Addo and the BBC’s Peter Ōkwóchè.
President Akufo-Addo on Monday spoke about the Electronic Transaction Tax (E-levy) Bill that was signed into law, the country’s tourism sector and the qualification of the Black Stars for the 2022 World Cup during the Focus on Africa program.
According to some users, Peter Ōkwóchè is to be commended for asking thought-provoking questions and sharing his view of the Ghanaian economy – a view he describes as “terrible”.
They went so far as to compare Ōkwóchè’s work to some Ghanaian journalists who had the opportunity to discuss the state of the economy with the president.
Users say these reporters played gallery instead of asking cheeky questions.
Justifying the imposition of the E-Levy, Chairman Akufo-Addo said there is a need to tax the industry that deals in transactions where a lot of value is created. According to the president, the industry he is talking about is not “impoverished”.
“The digital economy is emerging, it’s the biggest economy in the country and for a long time it had no taxation and so it’s important that they also come into the tax net.
Our country has one of the lowest tax to GDP ratios of any country in West Africa and an equivalent economy… I don’t know of any group of people, especially businesses, when taxes are theirs taxed, they like it,” he added.
Reacting to this, users say the president misinformed the public because the tax would affect individuals, not an industry.
For some of the users, President Akufo-Addo succeeded in the interview.