USAG calls for 50% reduction of Communication Service Tax

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The University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) has implored the government to reduce the Communication Service Tax (CST) by 50% and to zero-rate all educational websites to facilitate effective student e-learning experience.

This is in line with former President Mahama’s call on government to temporarily reduce the Communication Service Tax as most people are working from home.

Speaking on Campus Exclusive on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Coordinating Secretary of USAG, Joshua Nii Tackie Essel said extraordinary measures ought to be rolled out by the telecommunication companies to enure to the benefits of students should the 50 per cent waiver be granted.

“So what USAG is trying to tell the government is that we will like to have a slash of the 9 per cent of CST so that at least there can be some sort of relaxing on the internet bundle,” he stated.

Responding to the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications’ encouragement to citizens to judiciously use voice and data services, Mr Essel maintained that the telcos must boost their systems to accommodate the surge in numbers for internet consumption rather that delight in the vent of possible flaws.

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“These are some of the things that I don’t agree with the Telcos. As a Telco you know this is the time where every single person in the house will like you work on the internet and with this social distancing where you are not able to go out the only thing you can resort to is the internet  so I am expecting them to up their game rather than complain about the usage of data,” he added.

Ever since the Akufo-Addo government increased the Communication Service Tax (CST) from 6% to 9% in the latter part of 2019, clients of telecom operators have bemoaned data charges, saying it is having a toll on their earnings.

Story by: Yohaness Kofi


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