Politics of Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Ranking Member on the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament Governs Kwame Agbodza has accused the government of trying to cover up for the Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Kwame Owusu, who has been accused of a number allegations including conflict of interest.
Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah however has directed the governing board of the Authority to investigate the allegations, a directive which has raised eyebrows among the public.
The Adaklu MP therefore thinks the directive of the sector minister is not right.
“The Minister erred by asking [the] board to investigate the matter, parliamentary committee should probe the matter well.” – he said on TV3’s News @10 on Monday.
According to him, he is wondering such happening from parliamentary select committee but rather the board of the Ghana Maritime Authority being asked to investigate itself in a situation he described as “getting out of hand”.
He claims the government is only trying to “cover up the GMA boss because he is a senior person in the [New Patriotic] Party”.
He thus called on President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo to intervene in the matter and stop “creating a mess at KNUST”.
“The earlier the presidents takes the bull by the horn, the better,” he stressed.
Mr. Owusu has been accused of blowing an amount of GH¢135,125 on an end-of-year party for staff and another GH¢10,652 on food at Luxe Suites Hotel, a facility he allegedly owns.
He was also accused of spend GH¢1 million to renovate his official residence, fixing 11 air conditioners.
He has, however, refuted all the allegations.
Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah directed the governing board of the Ghana Maritime Authority to investigate the allegations, a directive which again has raised eyebrows among the public.
CHRAJ called upon to investigate Ghana Maritime Authority boss. In the press conference, Mr. Owusu admitted owning the hotel the monies were paid to and justified all the payments made.
The tone of the press conference which many have described as ‘harsh’ touched on all the allegations he has been accused of.