Business News of Saturday, 14 February 2015
Source: Graphic Online
The Ghana Revenue Authority Workers Union (GRAWU) has elected a 12-member national executive to lead the union for the next four years.
At its First National Delegates Congress held at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region, highly placed officials from the three amalgamated revenue organisations -CEPS, VAT Service and the IRS, endorsed the Interim Chairman, Mr Eugene Boniface Owusu, as the substantive head of the new group.
The First Vice Chairperson position went to Mr Maxwell Osei Gyamrah; Second Vice Chairman, Nana Seiwa-Quaicoe; Third Vice Chairman, Mr Pius Dogli and Secretary, Mr Patrick Amehoe.
Others are Assistant Secretary, Mr Ibrahim Seidu; Financial secretary, Cynthia Kpelle; Treasurer, Mr Eugene Armah Okine and Organiser/Welfare, Mr Godwin Yuiah.
The rest are the Second Organiser/Welfare Officer, Mr Dominic Nartey; Third Organiser/Welfare Officer, Mr Joseph Kobina Donkoh and Women’s organiser, Patience Dawutey.
The executive is to champion the fight against corrupt officials in the GRA under a new slogan, ‘naming and shaming.’
They are to, among other things, chart a new path for the group and to help correct major discrepancies in the grading system.
A communique issued after the three-day congress said the union was to discuss the path GRA has traversed after five years of its existence as an integrated institution.
“The union shall unveil a two-year strategic plan aimed at meeting members’ aspirations, as well as improve service delivery to provide satisfaction to clients,” the communique said.
It will also identify and draw management’s attention to taxable areas to expand the authority’s tax net, as well as promote and protect the future interest of members.
The union has asked management to resolve without further delay, the recent promotion exercise that has caused disquiet within the authority.
The Chairman, Mr Owusu, noted that the negative deviation of 2.7 per cent in the 2014 revenue collection could be attributed partly to the seeming unhealthy relations at the labour front, especially between staff and management.