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[ 2017-05-19 ]

Massive corruption at Ports
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia believes that
there must be something juicy at the ports of the
country that almost everybody who comes to him for
job wants to work there.

Addressing major stakeholders at a ‘Port
Efficiency Conference’ in Accra on Wednesday, he
averred, “Since we came to office, one of the
things I have noticed is that when everybody comes
to ask me ‘can I have a job?’ [and] I say ‘where
do you wanna work?’ number one answer, port,
without fail,” throwing the entire conference room
into laughter.

With almost everybody who comes to him having to
say “I want to go to the port,” Dr Bawumia said,
“I’m wondering what is in the port” whiles asking
himself, “What really is there? Am I missing

Even though he fell short of making an emphatic
statement to the effect that people desire to work
at the port simply to line their pockets and not
to help generate revenue for the state, everything
pointed to that direction.

That, he said, was one of the reasons that
informed his decision to pay a surprise visit to
the Tema Port when the New Patriotic Party (NPP)
took over power.

In that regard, he could not but conclude, “So
there must be something that is happening there
and if people are making additional revenues, it
means government is not getting those revenues and
that is just the whole point.”

As a panacea, he said, “We are going to have to
look at these systems; these human interfaces, how
do we really get this automation going and so on?

“So the way this conference has been organized,
looking at our situational analysis initially,
looking at learning from others, what others are
doing, blocking the revenue leakages, these are
really all major topics that the government is
very interested in.

Dr Bawumia thus expressed the hope that at the end
of the conference, they would come out with an
agenda of action and recommendations that would be
presented to the president for major
decision-making to transform the country’s ports
to maximize their potentials.

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