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Let’s Make a Mark – Finance Minister Inspires GRA Team

During a working visit to the Ghana Revenue Authority staff at Aflao, Finance Minister Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam acknowledged the crucial role of the staff in generating revenue to support government programs.

Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, the Minister for Finance, has emphasized the crucial role of the Ghana Revenue Authority in supporting the government’s efforts to generate the necessary revenue to meet the development needs of Ghanaians.

He stressed that without adequate revenue, the government would struggle to finance its budget and might be forced to rely on loans as a last resort.

During a working visit to the Ghana Revenue Authority staff at Aflao, Finance Minister Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam acknowledged the crucial role of the staff in generating revenue to support government programs. He praised the staff for their dedication and significant contributions to mobilizing the necessary funds to finance various critical government initiatives, recognizing their efforts as essential to the country’s development.

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“I came here to encourage you to double your efforts and not to talk down on the significant progress that you have achieved in recent years,” he said.

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Finance Minister Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, referring to himself as the “cheerleader” of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), expressed his unwavering support and commitment to the staff during his visit to Aflao. He assured them that he would stand in solidarity with them every step of the way, emphasising that their collective success and challenges are intertwined and that they would “rise together and fall together” as a team.

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The Minister also hinted at plans to implement reforms aimed at boosting staff morale and productivity, including the provision of deserving promotions, renovation of staff bungalows, and the supply of essential logistics. These initiatives, he noted, would serve as motivation to the staff, enabling them to perform their duties with greater enthusiasm and dedication, ultimately leading to enhanced revenue mobilisation and improved overall performance of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

“I have just a few months to end my tenure as Finance Minister but help me, let’s work together for this one-year stewardship as a Finance Minister to be memorable for me and all of us so we can say that during the time Amin Adam was Finance Minister, he worked with GRA Officials and revenue collection was the best and this is the legacy we must leave,” he stated.

The Member of Parliament for Karaga emphasized the importance of restoring public confidence in the Ghana Revenue Authority, which had been eroded due to the negative perception created by a few rogue elements. He warned that he would not hesitate to take appropriate action against officers whose conduct or misconduct continued to damage the reputation of the Authority, thereby hindering revenue mobilization efforts.

In her address, the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ms. Julie Essiam, praised the Minister for his unwavering dedication to the well-being of GRA staff. She echoed the Minister’s appeal for enhanced revenue collection, particularly in this election year, and urged the staff to defy the historical trend of revenue shortfalls during election years. She challenged them to strive for excellence and surpass revenue targets, ensuring a positive deviation from the norm.

“Guys, it is possible and doable; this year, you and your commissioner are going to prove doubters wrong. We, as your top management, have sat down and deliberated among some pillars which include revenue growth, the IMF structural benchmarks, the Medium Term Revenue Strategy and you are key in all these strategies so help us,” she said.

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