The Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Kwame Owusu, believes the GHc1 million spent to renovate a 2-bedroom house into a 4-bedroom house was never a waste of money.
Mr. Owusu has been under fire in recent weeks following reports that he spent a whopping ¢135,000 on staff for an end-of-year dinner last December.
According to report by Myjoyonline.com, he also bought 11 air conditioners to be fixed inside his official house, as part of expenditure that went into the renovation of his apartment.
But speaking at a press conference on Monday, the GMA boss justified the spending, saying it was befitting of his status as a Director General.
He wondered why the public was on his neck since most Director Generals in other departments receive more than he does.
“Some Director Generals have a house allocated to them and even a separate Guest House for entertainment and if this Director General or any other Director General of Ghana Maritime Authority who is superintending over the Maritime Industry in Ghana cannot have a four-bedroom or five-bedroom then say it is mediocrity,” Mr. Owusu told reporters.
“Twenty Percent of my salary or any other predecessor who come and take over will be paid. Over a period, it is going to pay for itself. Each of time to have an air-condition will be 13 so 11 is not even not enough and by the way we don’t put them all together.”
He further defended the cost of the renovation of his apartment, saying nothing dubious went into the high nature of the amount.
“One million Ghana cedis that has been used to renovate a two-bedroom house for the Director-General, Tender process went through administration, the bills of quantities was done by prestige…so the Director General could not have influenced the outcome and give it to my friend and say increase the money so that when they do it I can have you so-called ‘chop chop’. That building is now made up of four-bedrooms of the structure the main house, a living room, a dining room, kitchen, a family room, a library and a basement,” he added.
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