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23.01.2011 Letter

LODGING OF OFFICIAL COMPLAINT FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE LISTED ISSUES OF CONCERN

By Camillus Sakzeesi
LODGING OF OFFICIAL COMPLAINT FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE LISTED ISSUES OF CONCERN
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℅ P.O. Box SC 487,
Tema.
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 0266223333 /0249488120

17th January, 2011
THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY,
ORGANIZED/ECONOMIC CRIME
OFFICE,
OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE,
ACCRA.

Dear Sir,

LODGING OF OFFICIAL COMPLAINT FOR INVESTIGATION INTO THE LISTED ISSUES OF CONCERN

I wish to solicit your intervention by way of investigation into the matters that are highlighted by copies of what I wrote, termed “OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT”.

Aside of the ones to His Excellency, the President, I also had course to address one to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of GHANA PORTS AND HARBOURS AUTHORITY (GPHA), since much of my concerns bothered on the Authority.

The summary of my cases, some of which attachments are made, come as follows:
1. That somewhere around February, 2009, I posted my first “Open Letter To The President, which is affixed to this one, labeled “A2” via the media which specifically dwelt on the GPHA. In spite of the fact that I got a call from the then Transportation Minister, assuring me of his intervention, less progress came out of it.
Feeling disappointed, I posted a second one (open letter) to the President again specifically dated May 26, 2009. The attachment is identified here as “A2”.

2. That, in my frustration in getting serious attention to my concerns, I addressed one to the current chairman to the board of the AUTHORITY marked “A5” for which the Sector Minister was informed per a communication dated August 5, 2009. I got an information copy which was in response to the then Minister whom I had copied and who, in turn referred it to the board of the Authority. In that communication, with reference: DG/CONF/V.128/205, and under the signature of Nestor P. Galley, on behalf of the BOARD of Directors, assured the Minister of “looking at the issues raised in the Letter”. One and half years have come and passed-by, but nothing has been heard. The third reference material has its identity as “A3”.

3. That, one of the issues I dwelt on, emanated from “The Chronicle's” report of May 20, 2003, which was captioned “GPHA BOSS IN $60M SCANDAL: Transport & Finance Ministries cited for illegalities”. A reproduction of that reportage is attached and marked “A4”.

4. That, aside of these previous communications to the Authority, for which I am lodging this complaint for them to be investigated, there are other areas of concern.
One area that is much of concern, is the Tema Development Corporation (TDC). Since its creation in the late 1950's by statute, the Corporation (maybe) I am not too informed of its core functions; has strayed off into a corporate profit – making entity to the detriment of the working class; in whose interest and for industrial purposes, mass land acquisitions were made to put up housing infrastructure to accommodate workers who were to, and still work to maintain the industries in Tema.
These acquisition areas are now being sold out in American dollar price quotations.

5. That considering what pertains in section 4 of my write-up, I humbly request that a holistic AUDIT of the Government of Ghana's land acquisition within Tema, and which is being held in TRUST by TDC, be activated by your office, dating back from the 1980s to date.

6. That the Tema Metropolitan Assembly be investigated, pertaining to the award of a contract dating as far back in December 2006, but which is about being completed. The project which involves the over-all rehabilitation of a Health Centre of the Assembly sited in Community One, has its old galvanized roofing sheets re-used on it at the verge of its total completion.
My concern and request for your intervention, is to find out: 1. What was the VALUE and SPECIFICATION at the time (2006) the contract was awarded, 2. Who won the contract and was it after a competitive bidding; and if so, who won the deal? 3. At the time of its being completed, did the Assembly spend any additional resources on the project, and if so; what justified that?

7. Coming back to GPHA, I wish equally to request that: 1. The land mass area holdings of the AUTHORITY be also AUDITED for the period of the 1990s to the current period; 2. As raised in the reference papers marked “A2” and “A3”, the existence and operations of Meridian Port Service, be investigated thoroughly to ascertain whether the GOVERNMENT of Ghana has not been short-changed. 3. I insist that the giant MAERSK Line edifice in the harbour area be investigated to establish how the project commenced under the ownership of the shipping line, and suddenly changed into the now landlordship of the GPHA. 4. The Arthur Quansah and the former Board Chairman's DEAL be equally investigated. 5. Investigate how the out-sourcing of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the AUTHORITY was given to PASSICO GROUP GHANA LIMITED, whereas the company used staff and equipment of the AUTHORITY.

8. That all other issues raised in the attachments are points of concern which I solicit your intervention in terms of INVESTIGATION.

Sir, it is the above reasons that have prompted me to engage you and I trust you would use your CONSTITUTIONAL mandate to act as early as possible.

I rest my case and expect a swift and favourable response from you. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Camillus Maalneriba-Tia Sakzeesi

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