Sam Nartey George is a Ghanaian politician. He is from Ningo. He is a member of the National Democratic Congress. He is currently a member of the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana representing the Ningo-Prampram constituency.
He was privileged to work with some very fine brains and Seniors on the ICT subcommittee of the 2020 NDC manifesto team. He was very conversant with the text of the digital initiatives they sought to implement under the next NDC government.
On his Facebook handle, he made mention that “It is lazy thinking, poor logic and crass incompetence for anyone with the slightest technical understanding to equate both policies. The obnoxious e-Levy is the baggage of the NPP and they should answer to the people of Ghana and stop looking for a witchcraft mate.”
The full text reads:
WE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTION OF INTRODUCING AN e-LEVY AS THE NPP HAS!
I have seen copious references made to paragraph 8.7(c) on page 99 of the 2020 People’s Manifesto and an attempt to suggest that what we described as “a uniform transaction fee policy to guide the electronic payments industry” was a dream to introduce something similar to the obnoxious e-Levy. Nothing could be further away from the truth.
Even as we speak today, there is no uniformity of transaction fees across various EMI platforms. Transacting the same value of money could attract a cost of 0% to as high as 1.5% depending on the platform being used for payment. It is this disparity across the electronics payments industry that we sought to implement.
A quick check with my notes and the attached memorandum to the main committee that contained our technical justifications for our policy proposals would show that we were actually disposed to a uniform 0% transaction fee across the various platforms for on-net transactions and a much lower rate for interconnecting transactions.
It is lazy thinking, poor logic and crass incompetence for anyone with the slightest technical understanding to equate both policies. The obnoxious e-Levy is the baggage of the NPP and they should answer to the people of Ghana and stop looking for a witchcraft mate.”