Prof. Kwame Boasiako Omane-Antwi
Professor Kwame Boasiako Omane-Antwi, Vice Reactor & Dean of Graduate School at the Pentecost University, says programme implementation has always been the bane of Ghana’s development.
He said the country needs more efficient institutions and attitudes that are conducive to enhance productivity and socio-economic development.
Prof. Omane-Antwi, who made this known at a tax seminar on the 2017 National Budget Statement, quizzed, “Do we have the discipline to prosecute the 2017 Budget agenda? Implementation has always been the bane of Ghana’s development challenge. Our institutions are corrupt?”
“We need institutions that allow for mobility, initiative, entrepreneurship, effective competition and equal opportunities; attitudes like efficiency, diligence, orderliness, punctuality, honesty, rationality, openness to change, solidarity and future-contentedness,” Prof. Omane-Antwi stated.
He said sadly the country lacks leadership, stating that “if planting for food and jobs holds the key to our economic salvation, we should prosecute the agricultural agenda boldly.”
Abdallah Ali-Nakyea, a tax expert, who also spoke at the event, urged government to adequately resource the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to enable it identify and clamp down on illicit flow of funds in the country.
She said GRA is in dire need of logistics and capacity building for personnel to conduct efficient revenue mobilization.
The chartered tax consultant argued that poor-record keeping and failure to present valid invoices or receipts, among other irregularities, were affecting the operations of the revenue collection agency.
By Cephas Larbi