The Director-General met with his top management team, including CEOs of other affiliate business units of GPHA like the International Maritime Hospital and Tema Shipyard, at exactly 3pm on Wednesday after receiving his appointment termination letter.
This follows a release from the presidency relieving the Director-General of his position by Friday, June 8, 2018.
Top management of the organisation described Paul Asare Ansah’s contribution to the organisation since he took over as Director-General as resourceful and outstanding.
They expressed their deep admiration for his leadership style, which is based on a high level of integrity, honesty, transparency, hard work and, above all, the protection of the authority and national interests.
The GPHA management expressed that Paul Asare Ansah’s leadership style in the past one-and-half years of his administration, though relatively short, will never be forgotten.
They also commended him for his strategic management style by allowing them room to operate to maximise their initiative skills.
They said he thought them to build a strong team spirit where management worked together to achieve a common goal.
The managers added that he encouraged them to take decisions and actions that could stand the test of time and scrutiny.
The Director of Tema Port assured him of his continuous support and that of the authority as a whole.
The Director-General also advised the management to remain calm and give of their best to ensure that the authority is lifted high.
According to the letter from the presidency, the Director-General was to hand over to the current Director of Tema Port, Edward Osei, who will oversee affairs of the port authority until a substantive Director-General, in the person of Michael Luguje, the Executive Secretary of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa, will fully take over the management of GPHA.
The termination of appointment letter which was signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo, Secretary to the President, and dated June 5, 2018, was titled ‘Termination of Office and Handing Over’.
The release says, “Reference is made to your appointment contract dated 20th December, 2017, appointing you as the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.”
It continues that, “In accordance with paragraph 8 of the said contract, the President of the Republic has terminated your appointment. You are directed to hand-over your office to Mr Edward Osei, and proceed to collect three (3) months’ salary in lieu of notice, and any other terminal benefits or facilities due you under relevant law on contract.
“Please ensure that you hand over and cease to act as Director General of the Authority no later than close of business on Friday, 8th June, 2018.
“The President thanks you for your service to the nation and extends his best wishes,” the release ended.
No reasons were, however, given for the termination of the appointment.