Group petitions: Fire the aging GRA boss. The GRA Board, Akufo-Addo. Concerned Citizens of Ghana, a group of Ghanaians, are demanding the immediate removal of Mrs. Julian Essiam, a revenue generation officer, and Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, the commissioner general of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), from their positions, alleging they are doing so illegally.
At a news conference on Tuesday, the group claimed that the GRA boss is over-aged and is not lawfully in his current position because his contract with the organization has long ago ended. The group expressed regret that Rev. Owusu-Amoah had continued to hold office in spite of having followed the established protocol and petitioned the relevant authorities for his removal.
It is unsettling that Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai is still in his post nearly two years after his one-year contract extension expired in 2021. This has financial ramifications for the nation, as taxpayers are stuck footing the bill for an extended contract and all of its perks—especially given the state of the economy right now.
Our suspicion that something fishy is going on between the government and the GRA Boss, maybe to the country’s disadvantage, is heightened by the administration’s continued silence on these issues. To protect the credibility of our institutions and preserve public confidence, we demand responsibility and transparency in the way we handle these issues.
Furthermore, our background investigations show that even though their contracts were extended until 2021, Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai and Ms. Julian Essiam have both made the decision to remain in their positions past the age of sixty. This calls into question the GRA’s commitment to set retirement policies, the organization stated in a release.
For this reason, the group desires that he be removed from his position right away.