GRA Boss Lobbying …For Confirmation

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Mr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah

The Acting Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Mr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, is pushing to have his position confirmed as early as possible.

After the hurriedly-arranged interview by the Public Service Commission (PSC) as part of the moves to secure confirmation for the GRA boss, there is a well- calculated plan to lobby certain forces to convince President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to confirm Mr. Owusu-Amoah.

Some traditional rulers, opinion leaders and top politicians have been roped into the agenda to speak with the President to confirm the Acting GRA CEO before the December 7, 2020 elections.

Mr. Owusu-Amoah is reported to have embarked on a two-week official leave to enable him to do serious lobbying and consultations with people who can plead with the President to confirm him.

One of such trips, The Inquisitor gathered, took the GRA boss to top politicians, Council of State members and top religious men with connections to the President.

He went to lobby the top politicians to speak to the President to confirm him to be the substantive GRA CEO.

The grand scheme to get Mr. Owusu-Amoah confirmed was fashioned out in a manner that it was going to be done at the blindside of President Akufo-Addo.

There are murmurings within the corridors of power that Mr. Owusu-Amoah was named as the Acting Commissioner of the GRA without the full knowledge of President Akufo-Addo.

What made the appointment to stand was the fact that its withdrawal would have fixed the government in bad light, as the President would be seen as not being on the top of issues.

It is the same game that those involved in getting Mr. Owusu-Amoah to act as the GRA Commissioner-General are relying on to get him confirmed.

He is still acting because the President was on top of happenings at the state revenue outfit which are not so palatable to warrant the confirmation of the CEO.

The President was aware of an agenda by the Board Chairman of the GRA, Professor Stephen Adei, to form a board sub-committee to help the Commissioner-General in running the day-to-day affairs of the GRA but was shot down by the GRA Board.

There are murmurings within the corridors of power that those involved in the scheming have been compromised and induced financially, something The Inquisitor cannot independently verify.

The Public Service Commission is widely seen to have done its legitimate work for those involved in the ‘Mafia’ game to eat into it.

The Inquisitor is aware that there were trips to the Finance Ministry and the Presidency with hard cash for the whole agenda.

The cash for the whole grubby business, The Inquisitor learnt, was charged on GRA’s contributions to National Security operations so that it could not be traced.

All over the world various sectors within government contribute towards National Security operations and, just like security budgets, such contributions are always secret.

There have been several attempts by certain elements, including blood relatives of President Akufo-Addo, to secure Mr. Owusu-Amoah’s confirmation.

The acting GRA Commissioner General took over from Kofi Nti, the former Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, who retired on October 1, 2019.

Mr. Owusu-Amoah is responsible for Domestic Tax Revenue Division (DTRD).

The Government of Ghana, in June 2019, appointed three new top management level staff to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) which included Mr. Owusu-Amoah.

The three were appointed in line with the new changes being made at the Authority aimed at mobilizing revenue.

In line with that, the new appointees were expected to drive a number of critical transformational changes including modernising and digitising tax processes and systems as well as increase the quality of tax payer services.

However, GRA in recent times has been in the news for very wrong reasons as management and board have been caught severally in activities that do not inure to the revenue collection for the state.

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