THE COMMISSIONER of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), Emmanuel Doku has commended the Tema branch of the service for exceeding its target of GHÃ‚Â¢1.5 billion for the year 2008.
Addressing the gathering at an end-of-year party in Community 5, Tema, the Commissioner noted that despite the world food shortages and the global economic crisis which culminated in the downward review of tariffs on petroleum products, some food items and other commodities, the Tema Collection was undeterred and went on to exceed its target by collecting an amount of GHÃ‚Â¢1.17 billion.
Mr Doku observed that the Tema sectorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s determination to maximise revenue collection, the long hours they put in at the office and their vigilance was a clear indication that the Tema Collection was poised to exceed its target, a situation he said management was impressed with.
He mentioned that the attainment of the target had propelled the service to exceed its national revenue target for the year under review. He continued that the service was tasked to collect GHÃ‚Â¢1,914.40 billion and that the revenue mobilised totalled GHÃ‚Â¢1,927.40 billion, representing 0.57 percent positive variance.
The Commissioner urged them to continue working hard to attain higher targets. He commented that the feat was attributable to the pragmatic operational measures, government support and increased levels of voluntary compliance.
He assured the staff of managementÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desire to continue to roll out programmes aimed at ensuring the realisation of their corporate targets and objectives and would relentlessly pursue the objective to improve their work environment to increase productivity.
Taking his turn to address the ceremony, the Sector Commander, Alhaji M.M. Nasirudeen pointed out that his outfit – the Tema Collection – collects and accounts for close to 80 percent of the entire revenue allocated to the Service, and about 40 percent of the National Revenue, adding that it was an enormous task that placed a huge responsibility on the officer at the sector.
Alhaji Nasirudeen remarked that despite the responsibility, officers at the sector dedicated themselves to the task and put in extra efforts towards achieving their target.
Touching on the sectorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performance for the year 2008, the commander noted that the sector was given a target of GHÃ‚Â¢1.05 but was able to exceed that by collecting GHÃ‚Â¢1.17.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In comparative terms, the year 2008Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s performance exceeded that of 2007 by GHÃ‚Â¢288,534,360.81 or Ã‚Â¢2.9 trillion cedis. This is an increase of about 32 percent over that of last year,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Alhaji Nasirudeen pointed out the great feat was achieved through their resolve to die a little for the service and for Mother Ghana, and acknowledged the cordial relationship that exists between the service and stakeholders at the port, especially the Ghana Port and Harbours and Authority, GIFF,CUBAG and FFAG. He also mentioned the Police Service, National Security, BNI, shipping lines, Shippers Council, the banks, importers, transitors and agents from neighbouring countries as well as staff of GCNet for being part of their achievement.
He congratulated officers at the sector for contributing to the successes of the outfit and also thanked the Commissioner and his team for giving the sector the needed encouragement and support for the achievement of their set objectives.
Management, in recognition of the roles played by individual officers in terms of sacrifice and hard work, gave them awards.
In all, 37 awards were given out to 34 senior and junior staff for their performance in the year under review. The remaining three awards were given to the best senior, best junior and the best seat.