Accra, Feb. 29, GNA
– The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has rewarded the Ghana News Agency (GNA)
with an honorary award for being the Media House that made most contribution to
GRA’s revenue efforts in 2015.
The award was given at GRA’s 2015 Stakeholders Awards to recognise institutions and individuals who contributed immensely towards the growth and sustainability of the economy during the period.
A total of 21 institutions and individuals were thus awarded at the ceremony at the Banquet Hall, in Accra.
GRA in a citation said of the Ghana News Agency: “A seasoned and well experienced Media House whose standards of providing quality News at all times has made you a credible source of information to other media houses.
“It is in this endeavour that GRA has enjoyed your partnership over the years. You have frequently featured the Authority in your reportage and we have benefited bountifully from our partnership.
“Ghana News Agency has contributed immensely to tax education, sensitization of our stakeholders and the general public. In appreciation of your contribution to National Revenue Mobilization, GRA awards this plaque to Ghana News Agency as the Best Media House- 2015.”
Dr Bernard Otabil, the General Manager of the GNA received the plaque, on behalf of Ghana’s largest news gathering organisation, with gratitude.
Mr George Blankson, the Commissioner General of GRA, said the occasion was to recognise tax payers who had gone the extra mile to honour their obligation and other stakeholders who assisted the GRA in its activities.
He said 2015 saw consistent challenges but it was also a year in which a lot was achieved as they have exceeded their revenue target.
Thus, Mr Blankson said, in spite of the challenges in the economy last year, the Authority collected GH₵ 22. 17 billion, given a positive deviation of GH₵ 620 million.
He said the 2015 revenue mobilisation performance showed a growth of GH₵ 5.014 billion, representing 29.3 per cent over the previous year's.
He said the main reasons accounting for the achievement of the target were the strategies adopted by the Management to ensure that the taxpayers encountered fewer difficulties; as well as encouraging them to comply voluntarily.
Mr Blankson said in 2016, the Authority would stay the course of the measures taken in 2015 that gave them the positive results.
“We will continue to make tax payment easier to customers to voluntarily comply,” he assured and congratulated all awardees for their achievements.GNA