The Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has outlined several strategies aiming to “achieve and exceed” its 2019 revenue collection target of GHc4.48 million set by the research and monitoring unit of the Authority.
This year’s revenue target for the Wa Collection was set at 6.25 percent lower than that of 2018, that is, GHc4.76 million, a position the Authority is seeking to reverse and boost revenue collection.
The Upper West Sector Commander of Customs Division of GRA, Mr Dopkoe Emmanuel Kwasi disclosed this at a press soiree in Wa on Friday.
He said though, the national figure was later revised to GHc7.02 million, the officials were able to collect GHc5.38 million, an increment of 13 percent over the 2018 initial target.
“Although, the national revised target of GHc7.02 million for the Wa Office could not be achieved for the year 2018, we have outlined several strategic measures to achieve and exceed the 2019 target of GHc4.48 million,” he said: “If not double it”.
He listed a 10-point step that included enhancing border patrol and protection, strengthening and intensifying vehicle task force operations including ensuring unregistered motor bikes are certified duty paid as well as disposal of goods due for auction.
It will also seeks to monitor all re-exported and exported goods, organise meet-the-press and staff durbar, intensify annual tax-education campaign and organise seminars for key stakeholders involved in the movement of goods and services within and across Ghanaian borders.
Mr Kwasi added that the GRA would organise in-house training for staff on key technical areas of the customs operations and ensure that customs house agents were properly registered and proficient as prescribed by law.
He said 119 National Builders Corp (NABCO) personnel have been deployed in the region to beef up the staff strength which currently hoovers around 65, saying: “If you look at the landmark of Upper West Region we are understaffed”.
He explained that the regular staff work 24/7 but NABCO personnel work from 8am to 5pm and also do not work on weekends, exerting more pressure on the few permanent staff.
He added that the NABCO officers were very supportive and partly contributed to revenue collection success of GRA in the region.
The press event enabled staff of GRA to interact and fraternise with news editors to learn more about each other’s mandated responsibilities aimed to boost cordial working relationship towards promoting nation building.
Mr Harruna S. Sachibu, the Head of Wa Small Tax Office of GRA noted that the authority believed continuous engagement and interaction with the media and stakeholders would help deepen the already existing cordial relationship for future cooperation.
“Let me hasten to add that GRA would continue to rely on you the media to help change the perception of society towards taxation and ensure that national revenue issues are not left out of your daily reportage,” he said.
He called for sustained public education about the need for citizens to honour their tax obligations.