President of policy think tank, IMANI-Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has advised the Ghana Revenue Authority to be steadfast and unshaken in its resolve to allow GCNET resume operations at the country’s ports.
According to him, management of GRA must not allow anyone to order them around or dictate to them how to go about their normal business, more so, tell them how to implement its policies.
IMANI Africa, earlier this week petitioned President Akufo-Addo to temporarily suspend operations of UNIPASS and allow GCNET and West Blue to operate for the rest of the year to assure the country of raking in GHC10bn revenue.
Blaming the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo for spearheading the UNIPASS deal, Franklin Cudjoe, said the system “has messed up our seamless existing GCNET and West Blue ports systems. A lot of revenue has been lost due to the decision by the Senior Minister to pummel UNIPASS through.”
Following challenges with the newly Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS), popularly called UNIPASS, GRA decided to allow GCNET to begin operations at the ports, effective today, April 29, 2020.
Freight Forwarders at the Tema Port subsequently complained of their inability to process their custom documents on the new UNIPASS system.
Commenting on GRA’s decision to let GCNET resume operations again, Franklin Cudjoe in a Facebook post said “And finally, I plead with the management and board of the GRA not to allow themselves to be treated like yo-yos. Their professionalism and patriotism must count for something. Aden?!”