The Board Chairman of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Peter Mac Manu, is facing allegations of conflict of interest and outright bias in the scandalous $1.5 billion concession agreement with Meridian Port Services (MPS).
He has been described by the aggrieved workers as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, as he has been lobbying the presidency for the deal to be left unchanged, to the detriment of the Ghanaian workers.
According to the workers, the board chairman, by virtue of accepting to serve on the MPS board, has compromised his position, therefore, could not be serving the role of a peacemaker in the impasse.
”The hands of Mac Manu are already soiled! He can never be the one to lead the process of appraising the contract hence the need for him to purge himself. Mr Mac Manu can’t be the suppose arbiter whiles serving on the two boards.
It is simply illogical, it is never done anywhere,” an anonymous analyst revealed
In the corridors of power, Mac Manu, according to reports, was heard pouring cold water on the facts presented by the state entity, GPHA, to government and the people Ghana.
Government, in 2015 negotiated the 35 years contract with the MPS for the development and operationalisation of a multipurpose container terminal at the Tema Port, to create a deeper vessel capacity with an accompanying container storage facility as parts of efforts to position Ghana’s ports as a hub within the West African sub-region.
The facility, which would become operational on July 1, 2019, according to a March 2018 Inter-ministerial Committee report, would, however, see the GPHA and other operators in the port losing out on container business.
According to the report, owing to the $1.1 billion investment being made into the project by MPS through the International Finance Corporation, there were clauses that were introduced into the agreement which sought to bar the GPHA from handling vessels carrying containers of 200 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) and above.
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