Management of Ghana’s Ports Authority have held its annual durbar to update staff of the organisation on the vision and plans for Ghana’s Ports.
The Director General of GPHA, Paul Asare Ansah, first, congratulated the staff for the improved input from both the operational and administrative front over the past year.
“Both the operational performance and financial performance were quite impressive”.
The Director General said, the Authority is working assiduously to meet its financial obligations to support massive developments and noted that in his regime, cost-cutting is a major priority.
“With what is happening, I have no doubt, that we are capable of meeting our financial obligations. And, in fact, it also indicates that certain interventions with cost cutting and promotional effort being implemented are working,” he expressed.
Paul Asare Ansah disclosed that, a part of his vision in 2018 is to improve the conditions of the staff of the Authority.
“Salaries are not the only way to ensure comfortable living for our staff. We are also set on a course of providing more comfortable accommodation for you,” he told the gathering.
He also hinted of some other major developmental projects aside the commencement of the a 3rd Port to be built at Keta in the Volta Region whose MOU has already been signed between GPHA and diamond Cement.
“The projects are also ongoing. Without doubt these projects are tapping a lot of our resources. But, we are committed to give our port a facelift,” he revealed.
The Port Authority Boss, stated that GPHA is poised to diversify its service portfolios to include a main container and oil and gas hub for the sub-region.
CEO of the Tema Shipyard, Capt. Kwesi Micah, said the Dry dock has managed a record number of repair works since GPHA took over management in 2016.
“So, at the end of 2017, we had 34 ships worked on, which is a record, as far as the Shipyard production is concerned”.
The CEO of the International Maritime Hospital, Dr. Bernard Boateng-Duah, said, the hospital has begun operations and would soon be admitting patients.
“The imaging department which boasts of the only 3 tesla MRI in the whole of West Africa is working, together with all the CT Scans and X-rays are working,” he informed.
The General Manager of Tema Fishing Harbour who was acting in place of Director of Tema Port, Kumi Adjei Sam, reaffirmed management’s support for the Director General’s vision for the organization.
“GPHA is going through a transition. Over the next two or three years, there is going to be so many significant changes and I know that a lot of changes, a lot of developments, organisation and mobilisation is going on. And all of these would help us position our organisation for the future,” he added.
The senior and junior staff union executives also assured the management of their full support in achieving the best for the Authority after the staff shared their concerns and contributions with the management.