…Over CTSB Appointment

The government’s revenue mobilization drive is set to suffer a great hitch as tension mounts at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) over the appointment of Rosemary Parker, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) as the head of the Customs Technical Service Bureau (CTSB).

Transferred from Koforidua to take over from the Assistant Commissioner, of the Customs Technical Service Bureau (CTSB), Ms Parker has been widely tipped as a serious risk to the revenue.

Strangely and interestingly, all senior Chief Revenue Officers at CTSB have been moved to other sectors to pave way for her.

The CRO glided her way to the current position after intense lobbying to be made the Sector Commander for Koforidua failed.

Multiple sources claim Ms Parker got her current position due to the influence of a clearing agent.

The said clearing agent had his licence revoked through a letter from the former Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo to the Governing Council of the GRA.

Some Customs Officers claim the continuous stay of Ms Parker in office as Head of CTSB will not augur well in revenue mobilization as there is fear she is compromised.

DAYBREAK is aware of an investigative team headed by the late National Security Coordinator and two other cabinet ministers to look into issues of revenue breaches at the port involving the said clearing agent.

Six years on, the report of the probe is on the shelf gathering dust as nothing has been said about the investigations though a member of the team is still in government.

One of the members of the investigative team is alleged to have verbally abused Madam Akosua Frema Opare, the Chief of Staff for calling the then Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), Mr. William Kwasi Appiah to release the said clearing agent when he was arrested.

Strangely, the person together with another close relative of President Akufo-Addo now want the revoked license restored.

It is said that Ms Parker was implicated in the case.

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