Custom officials at Tema port transferred for non-performance

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Ken Ofori Atta with some custom officials
Ken Ofori Atta with some custom officials

Some 20 Custom officials at the Tema Port have been put on transfer after what has been described as their “continued” non-performance.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta and Transport Minister, Kweku Ofori Asiamah yesterday paid a surprise to the officials at the Tema port.

First quarter data from the Ghana Revenue Authority showed that the Tema port struggled to meet its revenue target, due to challenges in implementing new tax reforms and “high rate of smuggling.”

Ghana’s ports have played critical roles in raising revenue for the country and any shortfalls turn to affect the national revenue targets.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, says he is confident of meeting the end of year GH¢57.7 billion revenue target despite challenges with the first quarter collections.

The government ended the first quarter of this year mobilising a little over GH¢10 billion which is about GH¢2 billion short of its GH¢12 billion target for the first three months of 2019.