Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, a former New Patriotic Party (NPP) general secretary, popularly known as Sir John, has claimed that he did not like the Ghana Ports and Harbours Job (GPHA) which President Akufo-Addo had purportedly shortlisted him for.
It was widely speculated that Akufo-Addo would name Sir John as the director general of GPHA. The president, however, chose Paul Ansah for the job instead.
The move drew strong condemnation from supporters of Sir John, who threatened to embark on a demonstration for what they said was Akufo-Addo's unfair treatment of the die-hard former general secretary.
Sir John himself raised the possibility that some powerful elements at the seat of government were conspiring to deny him an appointment.
But speaking after Akufo-Addo appointed him as as the CEO of the Forestry Commission, Sir John said he believed the ports and harbours job was not for him because he had fear for the sea.
He said as soon as he heard that Akufo-Addo was poised to name him GPHA boss, he went to the port to acquaint himself with the activities there, but the sight of the sea sent shivers down his spine.
Sir John said that there and then, he decided that he would reject the job.
“I didn’t know the sea was closer to my office so I said to myself, 'Sir John you don’t belong here'” he said.
The NPP bigwig went on to express gratitude to Akufo-Addo for appointing him as Forestry Commission boss.
“I’m happy I have been chosen to head to Forestry Commission as someone from the Ashanti region to protect and manage the permanent forest estates and protected areas in the various ecological zones of the country," he said.
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