Special Task Force Collects GH¢0.60m In Two Weeks



Mr Felix Ofosu kwakye -Deputy Minister for Information and Media Relations (9)Within a space of two weeks, a total of GH¢60,000 which would have ended up in private pockets has rather been saved thanks to the efforts of the Special Operations Unit tasked to seal revenue leakages in the country.

The monies were recovered on a single route in two separate random operations from 30 companies which have been cited in relation to corrupt practices leading to loss of revenue to the nation.

The fraudulent acts of the firms [names withheld for now] range from under-invoicing and evasion of duties on goods.
A Deputy Minister of Information and Media Relations, Mr. Felix Kwakye-Ofosu, who made these known to journalists yesterday at the Flagstaff House in Kanda hinted that the companies would be fined with heavy penalties.

“Some people have been arrested and some granted bail, and if it is found out that they have breached any of the laws of the country, the highest administrative sanctions will be applied,” he stated.

“We have a number of names that the security agencies are working on, and when necessary the names would be made available to the public,” he stressed. Mr. Kwakye-Ofosu stated that the government was satisfied with the work of the high-level taskforce and urged that the public to cooperate by volunteering information to help in apprehending individuals involved in similar fraudulent deals.

He stated that “revenue mobilisation and collection at the ports have improved because people realising that evasion of duties on goods and under-invoicing are not the smartest things to do.”
The high-level taskforce was set up on May 23, this year, at the instance of President John Mahama to help seal the loopholes in revenue mobilisation.

Known as the Special Operations Unit, the undercover operatives have been carrying out responsive field operations at random at the various entry points into the country. They have so far, been able to intercept a number of vehicles carrying volumes of goods.

One such operation was the impounding about two weeks ago of two truckloads of alcohol bound for Togo but diverted and offloaded at the Tema port, and the seizure of two containers at the port which contents were opened without the observance of laid down procedures.
Some senior customs officials and some Indians have been arrested in connection with the incidents.

Meanwhile, the government has called for restraint regarding the Ashaiman incident yesterday, at which some youth of the metropolis were reported to have blocked some roads in the municipality in protest against the deplorable state of the roads.

“We appreciate their concerns but it is important that they exercise restraint and not engage in acts that will disturb the peace,” the deputy minister said, adding that “we will ensure that whatever grievances that resulted in the unrest are resolved.” -Samuel Nuamah      

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