Root out the fee bad nuts from your system – Kan-Dapaah urges GRA
Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah, the Minister for National Security, has encouraged the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) employees and management to resolve revenue leakages, particularly at critical revenue-generating locations across the country, in order to help secure Ghana’s economic security. Root out the fee bad nuts from your system – Kan-Dapaah urges GRA.
He claimed that revenue leakages are caused by the “few bad nuts” who work for the GRA.
The actions of these “fee bad nuts tend to obscure and negate the numerous positive works of the Authority. Now more than ever, the GRA, and for that matter, Ghana, needs men and women of integrity to block leakages in the system. To succeed in doing this, the Authority must do all it can to root out those bad nuts,” said Mr. Kan-Dapaah.
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National Security Strategy
The National Security Minister was speaking on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at a sensitization workshop on the National Security Strategy for Commissioners of the GRA in Accra.
The government, he said, had implemented measures such as the Immediate Tax Force (ITF) and the Revenue, Assurance, and Compliance (RACE) Initiative to complement the efforts of the GRA in blocking revenue leakages, yet the leakages have persisted due to limited cooperation and collaboration between the GRA and security agencies.
“The coming into force of the National Security Strategy would avert this problem by promoting multi-agency cooperation toward safeguarding the economic security of the State,” he said.
That, he explained was because the strategy would “place the work of the GRA at the very heart of all security considerations of the State, implying an enhanced cooperation between State Security and Intelligence Agencies and the GRA in preventing leakages.”
He said it would also open new channels of communication among actors tasked with the duty of enhancing domestic revenue mobilization and removing barriers that militate against efficient revenue collection.
He pointed out that the GRA’s inability to raise the necessary money for the government would serve as a catalyst for the country to descend into chaos, perhaps ending Ghana’s long period of relative peace and stability in the West African sub-region.
He said that recent events in the country, such as increased agitations for improvements in citizens’ living conditions, which led to the formation of pressure groups, and the recent gridlock in Parliament over the introduction of the E-levy, revealed the magnitude of the country’s economic security threats.
Mr. Dapaah stated that these economic security challenges were inextricably linked to the government’s ability to generate revenue and address the country’s socio-economic issues.
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“In pre-pandemic times, it was prudent for developing countries including Ghana to rely on external borrowings to augment shortfalls in domestic revenues generated for development.”
Today, he said, that alternative was no longer attractive due to rising debt levels and the ballooning of deficits occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said many countries in sub-Saharan Africa were exploring ways to widen the tax net and increase domestic revenue mobilization as the only potent means to restore their economies to normalcy and that Ghana was no exception, even though these measures sometimes imposed a certain degree of discomfort on the citizenry.
In June 2021, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo unveiled the National Security Strategy framework, which will enable security stakeholders to effectively address existing, new, and emerging challenges to the country.
Colonel Kwadwo Damoah (Retd), Commissioner of the GRA’s Customs Division, spoke on behalf of the GRA’s Commissioner-General, Rev Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, about the GRA’s commitment to mobilize appropriate income for the country’s economic development.
He stated that the session would allow the GRA to gain a better understanding of the National Security Strategy and assist them in addressing any dangers that might obstruct their job.
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