The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Dr Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, has refuted allegations suggesting that he and his family absconded from Ghana in connection to the $100 million Strategic Mobilisation Ghana Limited (SML) corruption scandal.
Contrary to claims made by Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Dr Owusu-Amoah clarified that he has returned to Ghana and resumed his responsibilities as Commissioner-General, emphasizing that the allegations are baseless.
“As you can see, I have not abandoned my position because of the SML deal,” stated Dr. Owusu-Amoah during an inspection tour of GRA offices in the Greater Accra region, as reported by Joy Business.
Hon. Ablakwa had taken to social media on January 10, 2023, asserting that the Commissioner-General left the country just hours before President Akufo-Addo called for an investigation into the SML matter.
Dismissing these claims, Dr Owusu-Amoah explained to Joy Business that his trip was pre-planned, and he returned promptly after the brief visit.
“I am back in the country after a brief visit outside the country which was planned earlier this year,” he clarified.
Dr Owusu-Amoah affirmed the GRA's commitment to carrying out its duties by the country's laws, ensuring the generation of necessary revenue for economic development. He highlighted the dedication of GRA staff and personnel to support the government in achieving its revenue targets for the year.
Despite the challenges faced by the authority, Dr Owusu-Amoah expressed optimism that through engagements with businesses and individuals, the GRA would enhance tax compliance and overcome obstacles.