…..Bediatuo sneaks offer to Ammisshadai
…..Angry Akufo-Addo Asks Osafo Maafo To Resolve Issue
How top Nana Akufo Addo appointees and close aides attempt to dribble the President has been amplified in an ongoing boardroom intrigue in which Nana Bediatuo Asante has been cited.
The President had already asked him to appoint a tax expert with proven competence and professional acumen at the time Nana Asante Bediatuo hastened to take the decision.
Discreet information, however, relayed to DAYBREAK indicates that in the ongoing competition to find a replacement for outgone former Commissioner-General Kofi Nti, presidential staffer and Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, is in trouble for engineering space for a favourite, Ammisshadai Adu Owusu-Amoah, as Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
A letter in the possession of DAYBREAK dated May 19, 2020, and signed by titled APPOINTMENT AS COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF THE GHANA REVENUE AUTHORITY cites Nana Bediatuo Asante as offering the prestigious position to Ammisshadai Adu Owusu-Amoah as Commissioner-General.
‘’Pursuant to Section 13 (1) of the Ghana Revenue Authority Act, 2009 (Act791), the President of the Republic has appointed you to act as Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (the ‘’Authority’’), pending receipt of the constitutionally required advice of the Governing Board of the Authority, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission
Your appointment is effective 1st October 2019.
However, it has emerged that the letter was written on the blind side of the President. Checks done by DAYBREAK indicate that the President has never given any instruction or direction to that effect and it was a purely spurious act intended to serve a personal interest.
It turned out later at a Cabinet Meeting on May 20, 2020, when the issue was raised by the President that the deal was still an outstanding one as far as the President was concerned. So, when the President referred to the matter and tasked Senior Minister Osafo Maafo to scout for a competent personality to fill the space, Bediatuo spoke into the ear of the President.
Angry, the President openly expressed disgust with the decision and directed the Senior Minister and Cabinet to ignore the decision and resolve the matter.
Ammisshadai is currently the Acting Commissioner – Domestic Tax Revenue Division. DAYBREAK was told that Ammisshadai went to the Public Services Commission to be interviewed for the position of Commissioner-General. The shocked Commissioners at the Public Services Commission refused to give him hearing based on the appointment he held, which was Acting Commissioner, Domestic Tax Revenue Division and not Acting Commissioner-General.
It appeared that Bediatuo, in his attempt to regularize his documents and facilitate his appointment, crossed the line in acting on behalf of the President without his approval.