The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, GRA Kofi Nti will effective October 1, 2019, retire from the revenue collection agency.
In Kofi Nti place, Mr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, Commissioner for Domestic Tax Revenue Division (DTRD), will become the acting Commissioner-General of Ghana Revenue Authority also responsible for DTRD.
Accepting the announcement notification of Mr. Kofi Nti, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said the government will continue to put in efforts to shore up domestic revenue which remains lower than targeted.
“Government is aiming to raise GH¢ 45.2bn in domestic revenues as the 2019 target even though GRA is 7.3% behind target as at end of July”, Ken Ofori-Atta said, adding that “although the country’s tax revenues have grown consistently over the last few years, Ghana’s tax-to-GDP ratio at 17.6% is still well below the middle-income country average for Africa.”
As such, under Kofi Nti, Ghana Revenue Authority’s efficiency in tax collection has become even more crucial for achieving sustainable revenue targets that reflect Ghana’s developmental agenda. The contribution of the two new Members of the Board is essential to ensuring the achievement of Ghana Revenue Authority’s objective of revenue
In a related development, workers of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in July protested against a wide spread of issues that they say are affecting their ability to perform their jobs effectively.
The workers on Wednesday July 24, 2019 staged a staff durbar where they complained about interference in their work by some appointees of government among others.