The Ghana Revenue Authority has dismissed false claims by North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, that its Commissioner-General absconded following President Nana Akufo-Addo’s directives for an investigation into the GRA and Strategic Mobilisation Limited revenue assurance contract.
The lawmaker who represents the constituents of North Tongu MP, in a Facebook post alleged that GRA’s Commissioner-General, Rev. Dr Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah has fled the country.
He said the reverend minister fled the country with his nuclear family less than twenty-four hours after the president called for investigations to be conducted.
However, the GRA says the claims made by the MP were false.
The statement disclosed that the Commissioner-General is currently on leave.
It further revealed Commissioner-General is expected to resume work on January 15, 2024.
“Management of the GRA wishes to categorically state that, the Commissioner-General of GRA, Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, has not absconded as stated in the said publication.”
“The Commissioner-General is currently on a scheduled six (6) day leave which had been approved a month ago. Rev. Dr. Owusu-Amoah will resume work on Monday, 15th January 2024. While on leave, every engagement that is required of him or GRA in the Audit by KPMG is being diligently attended to either by himself or one of the commissioners.”
The GRA further asked the MP to apologise for making the false claims.
“Management of the GRA finds the publication to be a total misrepresentation of facts. It is a malicious, sensational, misleading and deliberate attempt to damage the reputation of the Commissioner-General, Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah and the GRA as a whole.
“We hereby demand an immediate retraction of the said publication from all media platforms and an unqualified apology from Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and ghextractives.com for the misrepresentation of facts.”