Anti-corruption campaigner, Vitus Azeem has urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to push a member of the Council of State, Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh to resign for evading tax.
Madam Asomah-Hinneh, the CEO of Labianca Group of Companies is said to have evaded taxes to the tune of ¢1.074 million.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) recently said his outfit had recovered an amount of ¢1.074 million from Labianca Group of Companies as a shortfall in import duties paid to the state.
The OSP’s revelation was in an investigative report titled: “Report of Investigation into Alleged Commission of Corruption and Corruption Related Offences involving Labianca Group of Companies and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority”.
In the report signed by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, alleged that the influence-peddling by Ms Asomah-Hinneh led to a reduction in the tax liabilities for her frozen foods company, Labianca Company Limited.
The OSP argued that Ms Asomah-Hinneh used her position as a member of the Council of State and member of the Board of Directors of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to get a favourable decision from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
But Vitus Azeem believes if Akufo-Addo was passionate about corruption fight, he would have asked Madam Asomah-Hinneh to resign from her post.
“this council of state member should have resigned by now,” Azeem said in an interview on Citi News.
“If the leadership, the president, an his executive are determined to fight corrupt that should be the case,” he added.
He also urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to launch investigations into the corruption related reports of the Special Prosecutor.