Former Maritime Authority boss now GRA Board Chair

By Mutala Yakubu
Mr Kwame Owusu
Mr Kwame Owusu

Mr Kwame Owusu, the former Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, has been appointed as the Board Chair of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

A letter addressed to Mr. Owusu and signed by Nana Bediatuo Asante, Secretary to the President, said: “Pursuant to section 4 (1) (a) of the Ghana Revenue Authority Act, 2009 (Act 791) the President of the Republic, in consultation with the Council of State, has appointed you as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Ghana Revenue Authority.”

The letter, dated June 18, 2019, directed the former Maritime Authority chief to indicate his acceptance or otherwise of the appointment within 14 days of receipt of the letter.

Mr. Owusu’s appointment comes on the back of several reforms at the country’s revenue collector to boost domestic revenue mobilisation.

Over the past two years, poor performance of domestic revenue has led to government having to cut its expenditure to keep fiscal consolidation on track.

Mr Owusu was hit with corruption scandal when he was accused of using ¢135,000 to organise a staff end-of-year dinner in December 2017.

He was also accused of superintending over questionable expenditure at the authority, including spending a million cedis to renovate his official residence.

The issue dragged on for several months until he resigned in February 2019.