We write for and on behalf of the general trading public and all stakeholders in respect of the implementation of the above subject and also for and on behalf of all tax payers whose sweat is being LOOTED by some individual Ghanaians.
We moreover, wish to use your media to formally inform the general public that we have officially petitioned the Minister of Public Procurement, Office of The President, Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, over the above subject and are looking forward to a stiff punishment to the perpetrators of the act of blatantly abusing or breaching the PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT 2003.
We acknowledge that the issue is a public interest one and so we are keenly following, researching into them and are being abreast with the chronology from day one of the concerns.
We are by this release also cautioning the government of Ghana against any attempt to make any payment from the accounts of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to any entity for the implementation of the Advanced Shipment Information / Cargo Tracking Notes system since same would amount to STEALING.
We know that per the contract signed by the legitimate institution, GHANA SHIPPER’S AUTHORITY, whose mandate is to ensure the implementation of Advanced Shipment Information / Cargo Tracking Notes system at Ghana’s seaports, it is FREE OF CHARGE.
We hereby notify the general public that SERVICE FEES ARE PAID BY SHIPPERS FROM EXPORTING COUNTRIES and not in IMPORTING COUNTRIES. This means that monies are paid from the countries where goods are being shipped to Ghana and not the other way round.
The same shippers that ship to Togo, Benin, Cote D’ivoire, etc. are same that ships to Ghana. FEES are rather paid to Government to INCREASE REVENUE by the company that has a contract.
We vehemently want to caution the government of Ghana against attempts to use the taxpayers’ money to make any payments for this system because the system is FREE to the TAXPAYER and the general trading public in Ghana.
We will ensure accountability and transparency until our last blood drops since any money paid shall amount to MISAPPROPRIATION, EMBESSELMENT and LOOTING OF ‘SCANTY’
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We are aware of the revenue shortfalls in Ghana ports due to false declarations, hidden commercial value of imported cargoes, and thus, the difficulty of the collection of correct import duties.
We after having gone through the process of understanding the Advanced Shipment Information / Cargo Tracking Notes system can assure the managers
of the economy that the system would cure all the lapses there are at the ports as the system;
● Provides real-time monitoring of security plan of vessels;
● Allows real time generation of advanced information on cargo, including type, origin, quantity and other shipment information.
● Generates automatic information alert for the port of destination.
● Enhances security and safety of ports and cargo.
● Prevents under-declaration of Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) of ship.
● Prevents under-declaration and concealment of cargo.
● Improves revenue accruable to government.
● Hastens Vessel Reception and Cargo Clearance Procedures.
● Reduces cargo dwell time and ultimately reduction of costs of doing business.
We are much aware of how some top officials in government are behind the scene pushing civil and public servants to do an illegality devising ways and means to LOOT Ghana Government and TAXPAYERS’ money.
We assure them that this is just to caution them as failure to be warned shall arm as to name and shame them.
JUDGEMENT DEBT SAGA
We are much attentive also that a company has undergone the procurement process, and has signed contracts for the execution and implementation of Advanced Shipment Information (ASHI) / Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) system for FREE.
We are warning Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to desist from their action since it is illegal. Ghana Revenue Authority as per the laws of Ghana especially LI 2190 has no mandate to implement the Advanced Shipment Information (ASHI) / Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) system. All Ghana Revenue Authority needs from the GHANA SHIPPERS’ AUTHORITY, the legitimate body, is DATA of the SYSTEM.
THE QUESTION IS WHY DO YOU SIGN A CONTRACT TO WHAT IS NOT IN YOUR MANDATE TO IMPLIMENT?
We want to highlight that the impulsiveness with which some staff of the Ghana Revenue Authority engaged a Husband and Wife (whose name we shall soon mention) to form a company by name CTN GHANA LIMITED and subsequently signed an illegally back door, SOLE SOURCING contract without recourse to the PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT leaves much to be suspicious about.
Ghana Revenue Authority should be mindful of the LAWS of Ghana and be heedful to these cautions.
We shall not sit and watch GHANA REVENUE AUTHORITY (GRA) cause a judgement debt to the tune of over THREE HUNDRED MILLION USD (USD 300m) to be slapped on the already overburdened government and Taxpayers when LI 2190 gives GHANA SHPPERS’ AUTHORITY (GSA) the sole Mandate to implement the system and further existing contract signed already to implement this system.
We count on your considerable attention.
FOR GOD AND GHANA, OUR MOTHERLAND
Nana Kusi-Poku Listowell
GOOD GOVERNACE ADVOCACY GROUG GHANA