Dr Stephen Takyi, a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is challenging President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to dismiss the newly appointed Board Chairman of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to showcase his respect to Ghanaians.“If Present Akufo-Addo has respect for us, as a matter of urgency, let him prove that by relieving the GRA Board Chairman of his post”, the Planner dared following reservations by a section of Ghanaians on the reappointment of the embattled former Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA).
According to the political social commentator who spoke on Kumasi-based Otec FM’s ‘Nyansapo’ political talk show monitored by MyNewsGh.com, the reappointment of Mr Kwame Owusu as GRA Board Chair smacks of gross disrespect to democracy being practised in Ghana.
“His appointment showcases gross disrespect to democracy”, Dr Stephen Takyi on top of his voice told host, Captain KODA during a panel discussion.
The former Director-General of the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Mr Kwame Owusu made several headlines in November last year when revealed that Spending 1 million Ghana cedis to renovate a 2-bedroom house into a four-bedroom house is value for money after a strict auditing of the facility.
He also stated that 11 air conditioners as budgeted are even not enough and that they were supposed to be 13 arguing further that the current number fixed in his official house is mediocrity and non-reflective of my status as the maritime authority boss.
“Some Director Generals have a house allocated to them and even a separate Guest House for entertainment and if this Director-General or any other Director-General of Ghana Maritime Authority who is superintending over the Maritime Industry in Ghana cannot have a four-bedroom or five-bedroom then say it is mediocrity. Twenty Percent of my salary or any other predecessor who come and take over will be paid. Over a period it is going to pay for itself. Each of time to have an air-condition will be 13 so 11 is not even not enough and by the way we don’t put them all together”, he disclosed.