The Minister of Communication, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has told the Minority spokesperson on Finance, Mr Cassiel Ato Forson, not to instruct her on how to do her job.
This comes after Mr Forson questioned Mrs Owusu-Ekuful’s order to the telcos to cease the upfront deductions of the Communication Service Tax (CST).
After the directive to the telcos last week, Mr Forson wrote to the Ministry requesting the withdrawal of the order which he described as illegal.
In a letter to Mr Forson, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the lawmaker was in no position to give her orders concerning her job.
“Your remedy does not lie in issuing orders and instructions to me on how to do my work”, the Ablekuma West MP said, adding: “As the adage goes, ‘If I want lessons in good morals, I certainly will not go to a brothel for it’.”
“I hold a contrary opinion fortified in the fact that the Electronic Communication Act, which provides the legal basis for all Mobile Network Operators to work in this country, also gives the Minister of Communication the right to issue policy directives to the regulator in the management of the sector,” she added.
The telcos were deducting the nine percent Communication Service Tax instantly from customers after the purchase of credit and data.
The Communication Ministry ordered the telcos to stop the upfront deductions.
In Mr Forson’s view, the Ministry’s directive was illegal.