The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is modernizing its structures and systems to ensure an effective and efficient delivery of services to its clientele.
According to the Commissioner General of GRA, George Blankson, the modernization is aimed at positioning the revenue agency to better serve tax-payers, and also align with best international practices in revenue administration.
To this end, he said, the Authority is working to upgrade its training academy at Kpetoe in the Volta region into a model Revenue University to provide specialized training for revenue officers within Ghana and the West African sub-region.
Mr. Blackson was speaking at the inauguration of some infrastructure projects at the Kpetoe GRA training academy.
They include a new administration block, a lecture block as well as male and female hostels, all estimated at the cost of Ghc12.6 million.
The new facilities, the GRA boss noted, will not only provide a conducive environment for training of staff but gradually positioning the Academy as a centre of excellence.
He said “our vision to upgrade this academy which was solely a custom training facility into a modern revenue university for tax purposes not only in Ghana but the whole West African Sub-region, is slowly materializing,” calling for cooperation of all in the attainment of the vision.
Commandant of the Academy, Mr. Appiah Warden Jnr, said the new facilities will be put to good use and commended the management of the GRA for the foresight to position the school as a preferred choice of training in revenue administration.
Present at the inauguration ceremony were other key management members of GRA including, the Commissioner of the Customs Division, Mr. John Vianney Kuudamnuru, Commissioner for Support Services Division, Mr. Gabriel Katamani and Deputy Commissioner in charge of Administration, Mr. Kwame Owusu.