The Junior Staff Union of the Ghana Ports And Harbours’ Authority (GPHA), together with their colleagues from the Takoradi Port, says it wants its Director General Richard Anamoo, fired from office for what they described as gross abuse of power and financial malfeasance.
Too, the Union wants the Director General thoroughly investigated to save the public purse from entering into the pockets of some individuals.
“We are asking government to set up a committee to investigate and probe into all the ports expansion projects in Tema and Takoradi ports, and also find the owners behind the companies executing the local content aspects of the expansion projects,” the Union demanded.
Addressing a news conference in Tema, the Secretary to the Junior Staff Union Keku Amorquasi Amuzuah, accused the Director General of misappropriation of funds and sole sourcing of most of the projects that the Ghana Ports And Harbours’ Authority had embarked on.
He said since Mr. Anamoo assumed office as the Director General, there had been deep seated corruption, nepotism and cronyism under his watch, thus, affecting a healthy environment under which they worked.
He said, “In 2012, Mr. Anamoo transferred his residence to his son who has also used the place as a recording studio and a pub at the expense of the state. On top of that, he has deployed two security guards to his son at the residence.”
Continuing, Keku Amuzuah alleged that Mr. Anamoo had duped the state and GPHA of millions of Ghana cedis under the guise of the ports expansion projects, automation of the entire port and purchasing of pieces of equipment and crafts.
Mr. Amuzuah, again, questioned the promotion of over 378 staff of GPHA soon after the declaration of the 7th December elections, a move he described as politically motivated.
Touching on the recent spate of employment at the Tema and Takoradi Ports, he said about 800 people were employed, adding to the current employees.
According to him, the 2016 budget did not cater for these number of people hence described it as a huge wage bill that would undermine the future finances of the Authority.
Delving deeper, he hinted that the workforce and the Union had observed some questionable transactions between the Authority and several private companies, whose services the Director General had previously ceded after the GPHA had tendered in.
He was quick to add that the move prompted both the Senior and Junior Staff Unions in Tema and Takoradi ports to demand documents covering those transactions but all to no avail.
In furtherance, he mentioned that since 2000, GPHA invested about 150 million dollars in IT projects out of which 20 million dollars was sheepishly wasted in the purchase of softwares which did not function.
The union, by this, called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, set up a committee to investigate Mr. Richard Anamoo to restore public confidence at the Ghana Ports and Harbours’ Authority.
Source radioxyzonline.com/ Ibrahim Obeng-Mensah