Concerned Citizens petition parliament over GRA Commissioner-General over stay in office

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Concerned citizens have petitioned Parliament to demand Rev. Dr. Amishidai Owusu- Amoah’s urgent dismissal from his position as Commissioner General.

They said that the Commissioner General’s term had ended about two years prior.

On Friday, March 24, 2023, demonstrators with signs with various inscriptions picketed outside the GRA headquarters in Accra, saying that Rev. Dr. Owusu-Amoah had retired and needed to make way for other leaders to take over.

Charles Tuffuor, a private citizen, requested in February 2023 that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) look into the continued employment of two top Ghana Revenue Authority officials (GRA).

The petitioner claims that the GRA’s director general, Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, and revenue generation officer, Julia Essiam, continue to work despite being far past the legal retirement age of 60.

Notwithstanding the expiration of their respective contract extensions, which the president had signed, he said, they are still in office, which is against the law.

“I am a citizen of Ghana and I write to you to respectfully investigate why commissioners of the Ghana Revenue Authority are still at post.

“Rev Dr Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah who has been the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division, has illegally stayed at post even after the expiration of his contract extension in 2021.

While this was going on, the NPP government, led by President Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia, “adopted a policy that attempted to end the working contract extension of government agencies and departments whose knowledge is not scarce in the country,” according to his petition.

Mr. Tuffuor pointed out that the GRA boss’ continued employment challenges the precise rationale behind the ouster of some state officials, including Dr. Amishaddai’s predecessor.


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