The rules of engagement in the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) continue to be trampled upon with impunity with regards to open political participation.
Another serving customs officer, Robert Coffie-Amoako has joined the parliamentary race of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Aowin constituency of the Western region.
Mr. Coffie-Amoako, who is a principal Revenue Officer at the Kotoko International Airport (KIA) has not resigned his position and will be coming face to face with his fellow colleague Mr. E.K. Osei, who is currently Assistant Commissioner of CEPS in charge of Elubo border.
There is intense discussion with disquiet over political declarations of officers in the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). More particularly is the silence of the leadership of CEPS.
While many believe the two officers ought to be given the sack since the organisation is apolitical, there seems to be a subtle endorsement of their actions since they have strong links with political bigwigs in the NPP government.
Mr. Osei, who announced his decision to contest the seat three weeks ago, is reported to have hit the grounds with intense campaign in the Aowin Constituency.
His slogan-“YEEKAY-SELFLESS AND DEDICATED LEADERSHIP”, sources tell Ghanacrusader is receiving very good reception among residents in the Constituency.
Now, he will not have it rosy as his colleague, Mr. Coffie-Amoako, will definitely give him a good run for his money.
Known affectionately as Apaapa, Mr. Coffie-Amoako also maintains that he is the best material to turn things around for the NPP in the 2020 polls. The seat is currently being held by the National Democratic Congress.
The duo are perhaps pioneering a flagrant abuse of service rules by declaring parliamentary ambitions while still at post. Mr. Nelson Abudu, who was a senior CEPS officer at Tema resigned his post to contest the Daboya seat in the northern region on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2012 elections.
A couple of weeks ago, the Ghana Police Service received same political news when Executive Secretary to the Inspector-General, Mr. Peter Lanchene Toobu resigned his post and picked nomination forms to contest the NDC parliamentary primaries in Wa West.
Ghanacrusader approached the headquarters of the Ghana Revenue Authority for a response to the actions of Messrs Osei and Coffie-Amoako and a response is yet to come. Most senior officers contacted refused to speak for fear of being victimised.