The new Board Chairman of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Professor Emeritus Stephen Adei has warned Ghanaian customs officers at the port that he will not tolerate the clearance of goods at the ports based on any “Orders from Above”.
The new Board Chairman of GRA who appears to have hit the ground running at the GRA warned that personnel who allow themselves to be used by persons in government to evade the payment of duties would be penalized severely.
According to him, if any request for special clearance of goods comes through from any government appointee, such a request should be directed personally to him.
“The government needs money to work and that any staff who says they have gotten orders from above and do wrong will be disciplined,” he cautioned.
Professor Stephen Adei who made the disclosure during a working visit to the Port of Tema this week.
In the past couple of months, angry GRA officials have complained about how political appointees have implanted their relatives and children at the ports as clearing agents in an attempt to rob the state of port taxes.
According to the GRA staff in a video that went viral, if they try to stop the glaring robbery, they are threatened with officialdom.