It is too early to wade into the GMA scandal - Parliament

It is too early to wade into the GMA scandal - Parliament

- Parliament has opened up on its position with regard to the scandal involving the Director-General of the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Kwame Owusu

- According to the chairman of the select committee on transport, Samuel Ayeh-Paye, it is waiting for a report from the GMA board before it acts

Parliament’s select cmmittee on transport has argued that it is too early to wade into the controversy surrounding the Director-General of the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Kwame Owusu.

According to a report by 3news.com, the chairman, Samuel Ayeh-Paye, stated that the committee will wait for the decision of the GMA board, which has been directed by the sector minister to investigate the matter.

With that done, he went on, the committee will receive a copy of the final report from the board, and proceed to act on the matter.

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Kwame Owusu, Director-General of Ghana Maritime Authority Source: Supplied

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Speaking on TV3 on Monday, November 5, 2018, Ayeh-Paye added that “I don’t think we have gotten there yet. If the board comes out with its report and we find out that there is the need for a higher body to investigate, why not, but we haven’t gotten there yet.”

He however noted that there are other ways to go about the situation in order to hasten the process.

According to him, a state institution such as the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) could investigate the matter, upon receipt of a petition from an interested party.

Owusu has been accused of spending 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 spending GH¢1 million on renovations at his official; residence. He has, however, refuted all the allegations.

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