Disquiet In Customs

A decision by the presidency to hand two-year contracts to retired officers of the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, has ruffled the feathers of some staff of the service. The letter to that effect, issued under the heading, ‘Request for Appointment of Two (02) Exemplary Officers,’ purportedly signed by the Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, is requesting the appointments of Charles Sabblah and Kit Laryea for the positions of Capacity Building, Preventive (Security) Logistics ISO and Capacity Building, State Warehouse Operation & Auctions respectively. Information gathered by this paper indicates that it was the customs authorities that had requested the contract for the two retired officers. The letter, with reference H/Staff/3 served on CEPS on September 15, 2014 read, “Approval has been given for the under-listed Deputy Commissioners of the Customs Division to be offered two years’ contract appointment each with effect from 1st January, 2015 as requested in your letter referred to above.” The letter said the contract would end on 31st December, 2016 and asked the Customs Division to take the necessary steps to give effect to the decision.