The Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, has charged the newly constituted governing board of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Ghana (CITG), to act with expediency to streamline the activities of operators in the tax industry.
He said CITG’s role in building the capacity of industry players to ensure professionalism and prudent tax administration was critical for national development.
The minister’s directive was contained in a speech delivered on his behalf by Professor Kwesi Yankah, the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education at the inauguration of the CITG board in Accra yesterday.
The 12-member board is chaired by Mr Joseph B. Winful, while the other members include two government appointees, six CITG officials, and a representative each from the Ministry of Education (MoE), Attorney- General’s Department, and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Dr Opoku-Prempeh urged the governing board members to take steps to make CITG a reliable point of reference in its field of influence.
“There are many challenges in making this possible, but I am sure that the council and the institute possess the relevant credentials to perform creditably to achieve the objective for establishing the institute under Act 916,” he said.
He asked the board members to work diligently to justify the confidence reposed in them by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
“I will be following your work and progress with keen interest, but I can also assure you of my unalloyed support in the performance of your duties,” he said.
Dr Opoku-Prempeh further underscored the need for the newly constituted board members to contribute their quota to the development of a transparent and efficient tax system in the country.
After receiving a copy of the signed documents of office from Prof. Yankah, a member of the board, Nii Ayi Aryeetey, promised that the board would do its best to live up to the task it had been assigned.
He expressed appreciation to the President for entrusting the board with that responsibility.