There is a scary security report on the nation’s revenue outfit, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), over how disenchanted the staff are, because of the way the board chairman is handling affairs.
The report was prepared after thorough investigations were conducted by one of the country’s intelligence outfits.
The Inquisitor has it that that particular intelligence outfit went into action following numerous reports on how badly corporate governance was butchered at GRA, with Professor Stephen Adei, the board chair, being at the centre stage.
The Ministry of Finance and for that matter the government are fully aware of the investigations and that resultant report that clearly points to anger among the revenue collectors.
From the report, the government has become so unpopular among the staff of the GRA because of how their promotions and other related issues are being handled.
It specifically talks about how volatile the GRA has become and the likelihood of the staff exploding anytime soon.
Aspects of the report gleaned by The Inquisitor indicate that the manner issues of staff promotions and how the board chairman is doing things outside the Public Service Manual.
Instructively, actions have not been taken on interviews that were conducted as far back as June, this year, to promote staff because the board chairman wants things done to suit his alien position.
The security report is emphatic the actions of the board chairman was not motivating the GRA staff to offer their best in revenue collection.
The GRA in recent times recorded revenue shortfalls and the report specifically made mention of how delayed promotions could be a factor of the unfortunate situation.
There have been series of unpleasant encounters between the staff of GRA, management and the board over promotions.
The staff of GRA have vowed to resist what they described as an autocratic game plan by the board chair to frustrate their career progression.
In the estimation of Prof. Adei, the notional effect in promotion, as stipulated in the Public Service Manual, does not simply work as far as he remains the board chair of the GRA as he would not make payment if staff are promoted based on notional effect.
In the workings of Prof. Adei, payments will only be made in cases of substantive effects in promotions.
But the staff feel that they are being short-changed, as delayed promotions are not their fault, but the fault of the GRA, as their employer, and t must therefore work in accordance with what is in the Public Service Manual.
The atmosphere at GRA has been charged for some time now such that if care is not taken there will be an explosion as the revenue officers are boiling with rage.
Not long ago, the staff officially notified the Minister of Finance of how the board chairman of the state revenue outfit is killing the authority with his disrespect for corporate governance.
The workers in a bold fashion told Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta that his all-knowing subordinate was running the authority, as if he was the chief executive of the GRA.
In a zoom meeting with the minister, the GRA staff said that Prof. Adei has made the Commissioner General of GRA irrelevant, as he (Prof. Adei) was creating confusion at GRA and it was time stoppers were put on his way
“Prof. Adei is running GRA like his personal business and the situation is creating huge problems for the GRA,’’ the workers told the minister in that zoom meeting.
The meeting was necessitated by ugly happenings within the state revenue agency, notably the action and inactions of the board chairman.
The minister who has a close relationship with the board chairman by virtue of the fact that they both attend the same church was made aware of how Prof. Adei has no regards for the other board members.
The minister before that zoom meeting had been told of how the man he was convinced would help the GRA was rather collapsing the institution.
Prof. Adei takes care of everything from procurement to staff transfers, promotion and recruitment to the chagrin of the other board members.
“The Commissioner General has no business as the CEO of the GRA because the board chairman does everything,’’ the workers reportedly told the minister.
Per what The Inquisitor gathered, the GRA staff in the meeting freed their minds and told the minister of how the current revenue shortfalls could be attributed to the board chairman.
Prof. Adei is on record to have questioned the integrity of officials of the GRA immediately he took over as the board chair of the authority.
Other members of the GRA board are now redundant, as they are not consulted by the chairman before certain critical decisions are taken.
Following the announcement of Prof. Adei as the board chairman of the GRA, some old board members were forced to resign because the Ministry of Finance wanted a new team for him.
Two members of the board, Mrs. Juliana Addo Yobo and Major (Rtd) Ablorh Quarcoo, were hounded out of office.
The third target, Madam Adelaide Ahwireng, refused to be forced out of office and s still a board member of the GRA.
Before Prof. Adei became the board chair, Mr. Kwame Owusu’s name was making the rounds, and The Inquisitor was informed that the Council of State approved the appointment of Mr. Owusu, but some close relative of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo leaked the appointment to pitch the public against the government because of some issues about Mr. Owusu’s performance, when he was the Director-General of the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA).
The GRA, under Prof. Adei, had recorded revenue shortfalls, but the government was always quick to sway the minds of Ghanaians off them.
The Inquisitor without any fear of contradiction has it that the finance minister has been alerted of how Prof. Adei was butchering corporate governance on countless occasions.
The last zoom meeting was for a kind of confirmation of what the minister had been told about his friend, Prof. Adei.
Prof. Adei, apart from being the board chairman of the GRA, is the chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and also a board member of the Judicial Service Council.