The Minority in Parliament has asked President Akufo-Addo to reverse the appointment of a private legal practitioner, Dr. Alexander Y. Edusei as the director of the yet to be constructed Keta Port.
According to the Minority, there was no justification for appointing a director to enjoy a monthly salary and allowances of about GH₵150,000 for a non existing port.
Speaking on behalf of the Minority Caucus and the people of Keta at a press conference in Accra Monday, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Keta, Mr Richard Quashigah, said the Minority MPs had sighted a letter which indicated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had through the Minister for Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, appointed a private legal practitioner Dr. Edusei as Director for Keta port.
“The appointment letter dated March 19, 2019, which we sighted, after our verification proved that indeed the President has made such an appointment whereas a sea port, as we speak does not exist in Keta.”
“Having a sea port at Keta, is a cherished dream of the people of Keta and its environs as it will automatically lead to a positive socio economic transformation of the area; restoring it to its past glories and above all arrest the ugly unemployment devil, rampaging and devouring what remains a pale shadow of the then proud, gorgeously rich Keta, the then commercial hub of Ghana”, he said.
He indicates at the press conference that residents in the area would have applauded the President for his appointment if it came after the construction of the port.
“Sadly however, a sea port does not exist in Keta today for which a director is required. In fact it could be seen as an attempt to ridicule and mock the people of the area by the President, the current father of our homeland.
“This baffling situation can be likened to Ghana Education Service posting a head teacher to a community where indeed there is no school, no teachers and for that matter no students or pupils.
“I, Richard Quashigah, the Member of Parliament for the Keta constituency on behalf of the people of Keta Municipality in the name of God solemnly plead with President Akufo-Addo to reverse the horrendous decision of an appointment”, he said.
He added:”If for nothing at all, why wouldn’t the President appoint one of the redundant directors as director for the imaginary Keta port rather than appointing Dr. Edusei bringing the number of Directors of ports to five when only two are needed. Perhaps this novelty is yet another ‘presidential initiative’.
“This appointment is unnecessary and a rape on the resources of GPHA and for that matter the Ghanaian taxpayer. Maintaining a director of port a month is estimated to cost between hundred and twenty thousand to a hundred and fifty thousand Ghana cedis”, he said.