Government justifies appointment of former Maritime Authority boss Kwame Owusu

Government justifies appointment of former Maritime Authority boss Kwame Owusu

- Deputy information minister, Pius Hadzide has said the appointment of the former Ghana Maritime Authority boss was an excellent move

- According to him, the man has excellent track record

- He added that government was confident that he would outperform in his new position

The Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide, has said the appointment of Kwame Owusu as the new Board Chairman of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), was based on his excellent track record in his previous position at the Ghana Maritime Authority.

He added that Kwame Owusu would outperform in his new position.

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Hadzide described the president’s decision as a good one.

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“If you go and check the track record of the gentleman in question, during his time at the Ghana Maritime Authority, his track record was quite impressive. The facts speak for themselves. In 2016, that organisation was making loses, revenue was about some GHc64 million and their expenditure was about GHc72 million.

When Mr. Owusu assumed office in 2017, they made a revenue of GHc99 million and expended GHc66 million thereabout. The organisation was turned around into a profit-making organisation,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo appointed the former Managing Director of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Kwame Owusu as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ghana Revenue Authority in a letter dated June 2019.

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Before his appointment as new board chair for Ghana Revenue Authorithy, Kwame Owusu resigned as MD of the Ghana Maritime Authority in February 2019, following some allegations levelled against him.

He was accused of financial malfeasance at the Ghana Maritime Authority.

He is alleged to have superintended over questionable expenditure at the authority, including spending a million cedis to renovate his official residence.

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