Hon Kwame Governs Agboza, Ranking Member on the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, has accused the government of covering up for the Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Kwame Owusu, who has been accused of engaging in corrupt practices and conflict of interest.
According to him, government spokespersons open defence of justification of the action of Mr. Owusu, remained questionable.
Mr has been accused of blowing an amount of GH¢135,125 on an end-of-year party for 200 staff and another GH¢10,652 on food at Luxe Suites Hotel, a facility he allegedly owns.
He has also been accused of spend\ing GH¢1 million to renovate his official residence, fixing eleven air conditioners, but denied has, however denied all the allegations.
Following media persistence probe into the matter, the Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah directed the governing board of the Authority to investigate the allegations, a directive which has raised eyebrows among the public.
But speaking to members of Parliamentary Press in Accra on Monday, Mr Agboza who is Member of Parliament for Adaklu, believed the Transport Minister directive is not proper, describing it as a cover up tactics deplored by the government.
“The Minister erred by asking the board to investigate the matter, it is the same as a Judge sitting in his own court. I am sure it was the board that approved that amount of money, so how can the same board investigate it member?
In his view, the minister asking the board to investigate itself is wrong and that the parliamentary select committee of Transports and Roads of which he is a ranking member of is clothed with the power to invite the minister for questioning.
Mr Agboza wondered why the government is interested in the board of the Authority which is the body under investigation is being asked to investigate itself in a situation he described as “getting out of hand”.
For him, the government is only trying to “cover up the GMA boss because he is a senior person in the New Patriotic Party”.
Mr Samuel Ayeh-Paye, Chairman of Parliament’s Select Committee on Roads and Transport has stated it was premature for members to go into the allegations levelled against Mr Owusu.
According to him, the Committee would only step in when the matter became worse beyond the board of Ghana Maritime Authority.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba