Maritime Authority boss retires after financial malfeasance brouhaha

Maritime Authority boss retires after financial malfeasance brouhaha

Barely four months after a probe was ordered into the allegations leveled against the Director General of Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Kwame Owusu, he has retired as reports on his activities are yet to be received.

The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) board is yet to submit its report on investigations into the alleged conflict of interest and financial malfeasance levelled against its Director General, Kwame Owusu, who has since last week retired from office.

Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, said on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, that he is yet to receive the findings of the board for the necessary action to be taken.

Maritime Authority boss resigns after financial malfeasance brouhaha
Ghana Maritime Authority boss Kwame Owusu (Source:Supplied) Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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At a news conference, the minister confirmed reports that Owusu had retired, but indicated the report of the board would be made public once it is submitted to him.

Asiamah was accused of approving payments to LUXE Hotels owned by the former GMA boss for services rendered to the Authority, which many have cited him for conflict of interest.

Asiamah allegedly approved the payment of ten thousand six hundred and fifty-two Ghana cedis, five pesewas (GH₵10,652.05) to the hotel for providing lunch for 8 persons as lunch.

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But that allegation has been denied by the Authority, though Mr. Asiamah justified the payments. He claimed, the decision to contract the hotel for the catering services was taken and approved by the board of the Authority.

Co-chairman of the Citizen’s Movement against Corruption (CMaC), Edem Senanu, advocated investigation into the allegations, consequent to which the transport minister instructed the board of the Maritime Authority to investigate the Director General.

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