E-levy: MoMo Merchants call For nationwide strike

The Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) has called off their nationwide strike which was slated for today, 23rd December 2021.

In a press release, the Association explained that parliament is currently on recess and possible hostility from the police hence their decision to call off the strike.

The Association also stated that they have sent their proposal to the Ministry of Communication and National Communication Authority for further deliberations.

In an interview, the General Secretary of MMAAG, Evans Otumfuo indicated that a delegation from the Ministry of Communication and National Communication Authority is in talks with them to discuss their grievances.

According to Otumfuo, the deliberations from the engagement will be used to inform the kind of adjustments that government will make with regards to the welfare of the association’s members and their businesses

It can be recalled that the Association announced a nationwide strike in protest of the government E-levy.

They described the 1.75 e-levy introduced by the government as harmful to their business.

We see this levy as very regressive and critical to the survival of our businesses”, Evans Otumfuo stated.

This comes after the Finance Minister, Ken Offori Atta proposed the contentious E-levy in the 2022 budget. 

The proposed levy is 1.75 percent on all digital money transactions exceeding 100 cedis.