GHANA – The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Mr Kofi Nti, has announced that he will retire from the organisation, effective October 1, 2019.

A statement from the Public Relations Unit of the Ministry of Finance revealed that Mr Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, Commissioner for Domestic Tax Revenue Division (DTRD will take Mr Nti’s place in acting capacity.

The statement said Mr Ken Ofori-Atta the Minister for Finance thanked Mr Nti for his meritorious service and commended him for his diligence in establishing a platform for a new and transformed GRA.

Meanwhile, the Minister in September swore-in Professor Stephen Adei as the new Chair of the Board of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), and Mr Eugene Asante Ofosuhene as a Board Member.

Mr Ken Ofori-Atta told the new board members of government’s faith in their ability to contribute towards the elimination of revenue administration inefficiencies, undue external influences, unassigned ‘security personnel’ and corruption.

Mr Ofori-Atta charged the two new board members with the responsibility of helping GRA build a strong reputation for discipline, integrity and righteousness, and be a meritocratic organisation that is known for high performance.

The two new Board Members bring on board a critical knowledge and wisdom acquired through their rich experiences, which the Minister believes will be required to confront the challenges to raising the targeted revenue to support government’s programmes and activities.

Professor Adei is an accomplished change agent and fearless patriot, while Mr Ofosuhene, a former Controller & Accountant-General, is a disciplined professional.

According to the Ghana News Agency “Both are men of unquestioned integrity.”

The Government of Ghana is aiming to raise GH¢ 45.2bn in domestic revenues as the 2019 target, the GRA has however been able to achieve 92.7 percent of this target as at end of July.

GRA has also been embarking on a new strategy of using digital technologies to improve the citizen experience, broaden the tax base and to particularly capitalize on the widespread penetration of mobile phones in the economy.