The leading oil marketing company in the country, GOIL has paid courtesy calls on the Osu Manste, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI and La Mantse, Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III.The visit was aimed at renewing the relationship between the company and the chiefs especially when GOIL operates some filling stations under their jurisdictions.
The delegation from GOIL presented some GOIL souvenirs to the chiefs and solicited for their support and blessings in the year 2017. The chiefs thanked GOIL for the gesture and promised to collaborate with the company to bring development to their respective jurisdictions.
The Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, George Blankson has warned importers, traders, shipping agents and clearing agents who are in the habit of falsifying, faking or altering documents covering their consignments of goods imported into the country to desist from the practice.
A statement signed by the Commissioner General, said the illegal practice is done with the aim of evading the payment of the correct and appropriate duties and taxes. The statement the documents include invoices, bills of lading, sales contracts, bank payment documents and even the customs classification and valuation reports.The Commissioner General said the conduct constitutes an offence under the section 123 of the customs act 2015 (Act 891).
He warned that any importer, trader, shipping agent or clearing agent who is caught in this shall be sanctioned in accordance with section 121 of Act 891. The sanctions, according to the statement include forfeiture to the state of the goods in respect of which the offence is committed.It also includes a fine of not more than two thousand, five hundred penalty units or a term of imprisonment of not more than five years or both.
The statement said where an officer of the customs division is found to have condoned and/or connived in the commission of an offence as referred to above, such officer shall be disciplined in accordance with the internal disciplinary procedures and where necessary such officer may also be prosecuted accordingly.
The Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah as part of his maiden visit to the Western region has visited the port of Takoradi and other state agencies under his ministry.The visit was to enable the Minister to know at first-hand the various sectors under the ministry and become acquainted with their operations.The minister was accompanied by the Chief Director of the Ministry, Twumasi-Ankra Selby, and other officials.
Their first point of call was the port of Takoradi where they were met by the Director of Takoradi Port, Capt. Ebenezer Afedzi, and key management staff including the General Manager, Administration of GPHA, Kumi-Adjei Sam.Captain Afedzi briefed the minister about the operations at the port before conducting him round to inspect ongoing projects under the Takoradi Port expansion programme, as well as other private investors at the port.The delegation were taken to the Takoradi fabrication yard where export gas manifold and a suction pile are being constructed for the oil fields.The Minster also visited the newly constructed safe bond off-dock terminal, which has started receiving vehicles.
The Director of Takoradi port also lead the Minister to the new constructed bulk jetty where he inspected work done so far.The team proceeded also to the site where marine gas oil tanks are being constructed by the leading oil marketing company on the country, GOIL.The delegation also visited the Takoradi Container Terminal which has a holding capacity of 7500 TEUs of imported containers to ensure that efficient services are delivered to customers.The minister also visited the Albert Bosomtwi Sam Fishing Harbour to abreast himself of the operations there.
He visited General electrics and the FMC technologies where Christmas trees are being fabricated for Ghana’s jubilee fields.The respective managers at the various units and locations, such as the General Electricals, Oil and Gas, Goil Tank Farmer, Vikings Offshore, LPG Distribution Point and Bulk Jetty took turns to brief the minister about their operations.
The Minister for his part, urged the management to ensure that more local people were employed to fulfil the local content clause of providing jobs for the community members.“Continue to work in this country, next year by the time I come here the Ghanaians that you employed who are 27, should be 54,” he said.Mr. Asiamah promised to address some of the challenges confronting the industry players working in the port.
“The agencies are there some of them are facing challenges but it’s a work in progress so long as they continue to work, these challenges will come but what you need to do as a government is that you try as much as possible to resolve some of these issue,” he said.Other sectors the minister visited under the Transport Ministry include the State Transport Company, Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority, Road Safety Commission, Metro Mass Transport, Ghana Maritime Authority and the Ghana Shippers Authority.
The Port of Takoradi has received its first largest vessel since it was established in 1928. This was made possible because of the ongoing construction of the bulk jetty. The Public Affairs and Marketing Manager of the Takoradi Port, Peter Armoo Bediako, said due the first 200 metres of the intended 800metres of the Bulk jetty constructed, the Takoradi Port has been able to berth 2 large vessels namely M.V. Josco Fuzhou which is 197metres and M.V. Iris Oldendorf which is 200 metres.
Prior to the port expansion project, vessels that come to the port could only load goods of 35000 tonnes but now vessels can take goods up to 150000 tonnes of good.Peter Bediako said M.V. Iris Oldendorf is loading bauxite weighing 63,000metric tonnes heading to China;
He said the expansion project which began in November 2014 and expected to be completed by the end of 2018 will allow for more cargo to be loaded both for imports and exports.
“It will allow for bigger vessels to call the port, it will allow for more cargo to be loaded and that more import of bulk or clinker will be brought into the country, bauxite and manganese more could be loaded, quick lime more can be brought into the country, it will impact positively in our revenue stream not only for GPHA but also for Ghana as a whole, he said.
He said the project when completed will make the Takoradi Port the most deep drafted port in the sub region saying it will come with a conveyor belt system.
Officers of the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority have been urged to discharge their duties with much diligence and integrity so as to help the customs division achieve its targets for the year.
The Deputy Commander In Charge of Post Clearance Audit, Isaac Crentsil gave the advice at the 10th anniversary celebration by the customs Golden Jubilee group.
The celebration was also to encourage younger officers to support the vision of the GRA through dedicated service.Isaac Crentsil charged to give off their best so as to make the customs division a world class revenue administration, recognised for professionalism, integrity and excellence.
The Chairman of the customs Golden jubilee group, Samuel Owusu-Ansah charged officers to maximize their efforts in enforcing laws on restrictions and prohibition.
“Laws and prohibitions and restrictions ought to be enforced to the latter, narcotic controls and drug trafficking as well as human trafficking is one area we cannot sit aloof and look whiles perpetuators have a field day. Necessary actions will have to be taken to wipe this veritable canker out of the system,” he said.He also charged members of the group to be united so as to ensure that the group succeeded.