Accra, Ghana – The Commissioner of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, has admitted to working past the mandatory retirement age of 60 without a contract since 2021. This revelation came to light during a Public Accounts Committee sitting when concerns about Rev. Dr. Owusu-Amoah’s retirement were raised by members of Parliament.
Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament, Sam George, questioned the GRA boss about his employment status, specifically if he was on contract, considering he had exceeded the mandatory retirement age of 60 by two years. This inquiry led to objections from some members of the majority on the committee, resulting in a temporary suspension of the proceedings.
After a break, Rev. Ammishaddai clarified that he turned 62 in October 2023. When asked about his contract status, he explained that a letter was sent to the board for him to continue working until it was sorted out with the Ministry of Finance and the appointing authority.
Following the session, Sam George expressed concerns about the GRA Commissioner’s prolonged stay, deeming it unconstitutional. He urged the President to address the situation in accordance with the constitution and indicated that if the matter is not resolved, he will raise it on the floor of Parliament upon resumption.
It is uncommon in Ghana for public officials to work past the mandatory retirement age without a contract, and this situation has raised eyebrows. The lack of a formal agreement raises questions about the legality and constitutionality of Rev. Dr. Owusu-Amoah’s continued employment.
This recent development has sparked debates and discussions about the need for clear regulations and adherence to retirement policies within government agencies. It also highlights the importance of transparent and accountable governance in public institutions. As the issue unfolds, it is anticipated that there will be further calls for clarity and resolution, with a focus on upholding the law and respecting institutional procedures.