The Customs Staff Association have berated government and the Minister of Finance in particular for the recent changes that were effected within the top brass of the Division, saying the affected officers were doing their best to help realize the mandate of the Division , which is revenue mobilization.
A statement issued by the group and signed by its National Chairman Ebenezer Bob-Eshun read in part that ‘’ The Staff Association notes in particular the posting of seasoned Management Staff to the Ministry of Finance just to while away time. For the records, a substantive Commissioner (Isaac Crentsil) was posted to Ministry of Finance this year and two Deputy Commissioners (Frederick Gavor and Frank Jones Abban) were posted to the Ministry in 2017 and today 18th July, 2019. The current Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations (Seth Dwira) and Assistant Commissioner (Dr. Godfried Okoh-Appiah) in charge of Tema as per the publication have also been posted to the Ministry’’.
It continued that ‘’ Another worrying aspect of the recent changes announced is the Acting Deputy Commissioner Preventive’s (Seidu Idissah Iddrisu) posting to the GRA Academy which is under the Head of Training, who is an Assistant Commissioner. It is instructive to state that, the Customs Division as a Paramilitary Service adheres strictly to Seniority in ranks and respects the hierarchy structure of the rank and file. Therefore it is difficult for an Officer on a higher rank to report to a subordinate as this latest posting seems to imply’’.
They argue that almost all the Division’s staff posted to the Ministry of Finance have remained largely redundant.
The group added that ‘’On the excuse of effecting these changes to engage revenue mobilization, the Association finds it untenable that, the affected Officers were not doing their best to help the Division achieve its revenue targets. The real cause of underperformance in our revenue drive stems from the implementation of major policy decisions which affect revenue without any consultation with the Management of the Division’’.
Read their full statement below: