A section of RECOA members
Commissioner of Customs at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Alhaji Seidu Iddrisu, has stated that the commission will not relent on its enforcement and compliance strategies in order to achieve its revenue target.
According to Alhaji Iddrisu, recent demonstrations from the Ashanti regional Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), indicating that the Authority has meted out unjustified harassments of its members at various entry points despite making it tax obligations at the port.
He said following the outpouring from members of GUTA, the authority in its bid to maintain cordial relations with the association engaged the executives pointing out the functions of the authority in achieving the revenue target for the country.
“The enforcement of our mandate outside the entry points is part and parcel of our measures taken by the authorities and they cannot stop us,” he emphasized.
Although the Division maintains that it will continue to engage the business community in this regard, it will not hesitate to crack the whip if any trader tries to invade their surveillance.
Alhaji Iddrisu made these comments at the 4th Annual General Meeting of the Retired Custom Officers Association (RECOA) in Accra.
He commended RECOA for its partnership with the commission through the contribution of their expertise which has seen to the development of the authority.
“We have listed some knowledgeable retired officers to engage with the current custom officers in the workshop to share their experience for the development of the authority,” he said.
RECOA President, Ernest Samuel Ackwerh, appealed to the management of the customs division of the authority to as a matter of urgency increase their medical bills as it is insufficient to cover their hospital expenses.
By Prince Fiifi Yorke