Akufo-Addo Appoints MD For Non-Existent Keta Port



Questions Hit Municipality and Beyond

President Akufo-Addo, thrown Keta Municipality and its citizens living outside it into a state of confusion with his appointment of a private legal practitioner, Dr. Alexander Y. Adusei Jr, as Director for Keta Port, which doesn’t exist and plans to construct it has not been affirmed.

Transport Minister, ,Kwaku Ofori Asiama’s announcement of the appointment in a leaked letter dated March 19, 2019, asking the Chairman of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Peter Mac Manu, to “take the necessary action to give effect” to the appointment, has been greeted with questions in the Keta Municipality in particular, and the Volta Region in general.

Indigenes of Anlo and outside it, have also been questioning the whereabouts of the institution Dr. Adusei Jr is to head. Various social media platforms, have been buzzing with questions about the appointment.

No land has been earmarked for the project, no office and accommodation are available for Dr. Adusei Jr, to run his administrative duties, yet he is going to be paid salaries and huge allowances as the Director for Keta Port.

Many residents feel the Akufo-Addo government is out to pull a fast one on the people in the face of growing agitations from the municipality,that the government hasn’t done anything tangible in the area.

Additional information available to The Herald is that Woe, a suburb of Keta, has been mentioned as the place to situate the port, but no activity has taken place in the town.

The only facility in the Keta municipality belonging to GPHA is Ghana’s oldest lighthouse christened “Cape St. Paul Light House”.

The ancient light house located in Woe, was built in 1901, and can be found just off Keta’s Municipality main road. It is said to be a vital part of Keta’s coast line. It is functioning and used to direct ships at night away from what is believed to be a big submerged mountain just off the coast of Woe.

Some feel, Dr. Adusei Jr, will rather be managing the Cape St. Paul Light House, which has about five attendants manning it. A guest house attached to it collapsed several years ago.

The Government, had in April last year, signed an agreement with Diamond Cement Ghana Limited to begin the construction of a port at Keta in the Volta Region.

The jetty port when completed will see Keta port handle vessels to ease congestion at the Tema and Takoradi Ports and also increase the volume of business in the West Africa sub-region, since the facility would be used by other operators, according to media reports.

It reported, that the port will also facilitate the importation of raw materials for Diamond Cement as well as reduce their cost of doing business.

Dr Adusei holds MA and Ph.D from the Ohio State University in the United States, where he worked extensively as a lawyer. He is a senior associate at Darkoh &Darkoh and principal at Adusei Law Group LLC.

He worked as a distance learning administrator at Ohio Department of Rehab and Correction, where he was responsible for all distance learning programmes for the school.

Dr Adusei Jr, attended T.I Ahmadiyya Secondary school for his O level and Osei Kyeretwie Secondary School for his A level before going to the University of Ghana (UG), where he graduated with BA in Philosophy with History.

Attached is the appointment letter signed by Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiama

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