A Medical Laboratory Professional Dr. Collins Eli Asilevi says, the decision taken by president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to sack the Commissioner of Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) will restore hope in the Ghanaian populace, especially the youth.
He believes that, sacking Col. Kwadwo Damoah as a Commissioner of Customs Division of GRA is a good news that all young Ghanaians that are concern with nation building and development need to celebrate.
On 26th August, 2022, president Akufo-Addo has instructed the Commissioner of Customs of the Ghana Revenue Authority Col. Kwadwo Damoah (RT.) to hand over Customs Division duties to the acting Deputy, Mr. Seidu Iddrisu Iddisah.
The directive came following the expiration of Col. Kwadwo Damoah’s contract of office as Commissioner (Custom Division) of the Ghana Revenue Authority on 13 October 2021.
President Akufo-Addo’s decision, according to Dr. Collins Eli Asilevi is a step in the right direction and must serve as deterrent to others who makes unhealthy comments again the youth in the name of age and position.
Dr. Asilevi who doubled as the Volta Regional Secretary for the Medical laboratory Professional Worker’s Union (MELPWU) in a statement recounted some of the comments spewed out by Col. Kwadwo Damoah and said, there are many individuals in position who intimidate the youth with their age for their personal interest.
“You are a small boy, I can give birth to you, I have been here for so many years, where were you when we were suffering for this facility, I have done this, I have done that.” Dr. Asilevi said, these are some of the comments that do come out of some elderly persons when young people criticise their decisions and corrupt acts.
“Day in day out, at our various facilities, and agencies, young people dare not criticise elderly ones at managerial positions.”
According to Dr. Asilevi, the investigation done by the office of the Special Procecutor Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, in the Labianca tax evation case, gave recommendations that suggest the Commissioner of Customs Division need to make some changes to the way he handles his position.
He explained that, instead of analysing the recommendation released by OSP, as usual the reply was that, the special prosecutor is a small boy, and that followed with threats.
Dr. Asilevi indicated that, this is the usual thing young Ghanaians face at their respective work places.
“We dare not question decisions of elderly ones. When a young Ghanaian question corrupt acts by leaders in management position, is deem as a war against all elderly ones in that facility or environment.
They find ways and means to gang against that young Ghanaian whistle blower.” He added.
According to him, they support the elderly one, shield him and rather reprimand the young one. “Our culture values may play a role in that mindset, however we need to change such mindset.”
“Elderly ones are not always right. We don’t need to gang against young whistle blowers to honour old age. Old age must be honoured with goodness, and acts of nation binding not mere accumulation of ages.”
“Elders are not always right, ganging against young ones that report or question corrupt acts can only breed corruption and make it grow horns.”
“The habit of some facility managers, leaders of government agencies are always shielding their elderly corrupt mates, only send signals to young ones that corruption and its associated practices are what our society honours.”
“As young ones in our various work places, we have high hopes in building Ghana, and applying the fine values we believe in, however from our experiences, it seems some elderly will go every length, to make sure they corrupt young ones too.”
“The partnership in honoring moral turpitude in the name of old age can only destroy our nation.”
He serves a signal by saying, “If we allow the shielding of elderly ones and turn to pretend to condem young whistle blowers, our country may be ungovernable in the near future, because when we the young ones finally adapt the bad habits, l am pretty sure, we will do it in grand styles, which will be more advanced than the level of corruption we are seeing now.”
“At the end, it is our country, is all of us as Ghanaians that will be the altimate loser.”
“I will like to thank the president for such bold step. That have given me hope and I call on all discouraged young ones to let this motivate them, never to give up on nation building.”
“Let it be known that, the young ones also have brains, we know what is right and what is wrong, do take our criticism seriously, stop ganging against young people in the name of honouring old age.” Dr Collins Eli Asilevi explained.