Position of National Leadership on E-Levy not collective-E/R Chapter of MoMo Agents

The Eastern Regional branch of the Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana has dissociated itself from the declaration made by it’s national leadership in supporting the E-Levy.

According to the chapter, they were not consulted by the national leadership on the matter.

“It is without doubt accepted that strong associations are built upon united and focused grassroots; in view with this, every decision must represent the views of the grassroots. The Eastern Chapter of Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) wish to state categorically that its grassroots and leadership were not consulted prior the declaration of the Association’s position about the Electronic Levy by our leadership and as results, does not represent our views.”

The chapter also raised concerns over the lack of public education on the E-Levy, their security, and the conditions under which they work.

The chapter wants these issues to be addressed.

Read the full statement below (unedited)

MOBILE MONEY AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (MMAAG)
EASTERN REGION CHAPTER
Tel: +233 (0) 246 722 908 +233 (0) 247 233 940
+233 (0) 246 319 259

PRESS STATEMENT
(For immediate release: 11th May, 2022)
DISASSOCIATION FROM THE LEADERSHIP POSITION OF MOBILE MONEY AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (MMAAG) ON ELECTRONIC TRANSFER LEVY.

The Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG), Eastern Chapter, wish to sincerely appreciate the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for the opportunity and consideration awarded to our National Leadership on Tuesday the 10th day of May, 2022 for a closed door meeting about the implementation of the Electronic Levy. We equally wish to commend our National Leadership for travelling that far and wish them well in their leadership expedition. We further wish to applaud the Media for the space accorded to our leadership that saw the rapid spread of the meeting with the President worldwide. We however disassociate ourselves from the position taken by our leadership.

It is without doubt accepted that strong associations are built upon united and focused grassroots; in view with this, every decision must represent the views of the grassroots. The Eastern Chapter of Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) wish to state categorically that its grassroots and leadership were not consulted prior the declaration of the Association’s position about the Electronic Levy by our leadership and as results, does not represent our views.

We wish to state that since the passage into law of the Electronic Transfer Levy Act, 2022 (Act 1075), majority of Mobile Money Agents have diminutive understanding of the implementation of the Act, and are left in panic of the collapse of their businesses. In strive to survive, some Agents are thinking of venturing into other businesses. We require the following to be able take a viewpoint on E-Levy:

  1. Intensive education on the implementation of the Electronic Transfer Levy Act, 2022 vis-à-vis the survival of our businesses.
  2. The security of our human resources and our business.
  3. The policy that ensures financial support for Agents in the mixed of E-Levy implementation.
  4. The MTN Ghana reduction of P2P MoMo transaction charge by 25% vis-à-vis Agent deposit or cash-in transactions to subscribers.
  5. How to sustain and increase our business returns and preserve its employment created.
  6. How often agents’ commissions would taste increment.

However, we wish to state categorically that as citizens of Ghana, we will never oppose taxation meant for developing the country. Development such as good roads, potable water, standard health centres, schools and many others could easily be achieved through revenue amassed from taxation. The Electronic Transfer Levy Act, 2022 (Act 1075) is a law now in our dear nation and can not stand for agitation by the Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG). Yet, the Agents in Eastern Region need to be assured of the safety measures and the longevity of our business to enable us take a firm position about the E-Levy.

We request to all Eastern Regional Agencies and Departments concern in the implementation of the Electronic Transfer Levy Act, 2022 (Act 1075) to assist in ironing our concerns highlighted above.

We finally, appeal to Mobile Money Agents in Eastern region to remain resolute as we take legitimate steps to seek more clarifications on the concerns stated above so to be able to forward our viewpoints on E-Levy.

Going forward, we entreat that collectively as an Association, we build strong front to fight for our common interest for the betterment of membership base and our business.

Long live MMAAG, Eastern Chapter!
Long live MMAAG!
Long live Ghana!

Signed

Amidu Mahama R
(Ag. Secretary)

Cc:
The President, MMAAG
All Media Houses

By: Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana

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