Mr Charles Kwesi Addo, Public Relations Officer (PRO) National Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana has disclosed that 13 of their members have lost their lives since the start of the year 2021 through robberies and attacks across the nation.
He said, their members and non-members are being attacked on a daily basis and indicated that with their contribution to the economy such attacks only do not affect them but the entire economy of the country.
Speaking on the recent killing of a MOMO agent in Okorase, near Koforidua on Freedom Radio’s ‘Yen Man’ show hosted by Kwaku Aboagye Apenteng, he indicated they were not going to wait for their members to die before they start sending signal that they needed protection.
Stating that, it was time for all mobile money vendors to come together and join the Mobile money association of Ghana to champion a united course.
He expressed that, due to the inadequate commissions, some vendors are forced to work extra hours to be able to make more income, indicating that in as much as they extend working hours late into the night, their lives are at risk.
He therefore encouraged the vendors not to entertain friends in the course of their work, because some could not be trusted.
He noted that mobile money vendors are not restricted on the time to close, however it is important to take precautionary measures to protect their lives in the quest to give service late in the night.
Mr Addo noted that, mobile money has supported the economy of the country and created jobs for over 1.5 million teeming youth in the spate of the 12 years of its introduction, however taxes paid in this sector is affecting the progress of the job.
He called on the government to come to their aid by negotiating with a bank to give the vendors soft loans with less interest, because as it stands now most of the vendors have gone for loans that come with high interest rates.
Highlighting on some taxes paid by vendors, he said, they pay 10 percent withholding tax, aside from which they pay operating tax charged by the assemblies and now the government wants to put an additional 10 percent on cash out transactions.
Indicating they were going to restrict every attempt by the government to impose taxes on the cashout transactions.
Source: Kwame Akoto/ freedomradiogh.com