Labour analyst Austin Gamey in an interview monitored by newsandvibes.com on citinews has suggested that the appointing committee should issue a written contract of employment to the Commissioner-General of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, to validate his office if a replacement is not available.
The age of Rev. Dr. Owusu-Amoah became a focal point during scrutiny at the Public Accounts Committee sitting on Monday, January 29, 2024. The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram raised concerns, stating that the GRA boss has been working for over two years without a contract.
This revelation has triggered reactions and sparked outrage among some key personalities.
He emphasized the illegality of public servants remaining in office after reaching retirement age without a written contract.
While acknowledging that some public servants may continue in office after reaching the retirement age, Gamey pointed out that this is typically based on contracted casual work under the Labour Commission Law. However, he deemed the situation of the GRA boss unlawful as it contradicts the law.
In light of this, Gamey advised the appointing committee to issue a written employment contract to Rev. Dr. Owusu-Amoah if they believe there is no immediate replacement. This move would legitimize his continued tenure in the office.
He stated, “If there is no one to replace him, the employer should give him a written contract of employment.”