The 2nd Coming: Veep Storms GPHA Yard Unannounced (PHOTOS)

Ghana’s Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia surprised workers of the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority (GPHA) today by paying them an unannounced visit. Today’s visit makes it the second time he has made a surprise visit to a major government facility.  

Today's visit was to afford the Vice President an opportunity to acquaint himself of the operations at the port and issues regarding confiscated goods.

The Tema Port is a major backbone of the country's revenue collection efforts, generating a significant percentage of annual domestic revenue. The Tema Collection Point of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) however missed its 2016 target, mobilizing GHȼ7,334,174,613.10 against a target of GHȼ7,690.380.000.00. The shortfall was 4.63 percent.

Jacob Kwabla Adorkor, Director of Ports, and officials of the Customs Division including sector commander, Confidence Nyadzi conducted Dr Bawumia round to observe the operations of the Nick TC Scan, Meridian Port Services (MPS), Golden Jubilee Car park, State Warehouse, and Atlas Copco, among others.

In brief comments after the tour, Vice President Bawumia, indicated that the Akufo-Addo government would take steps to consolidate some of the functions at the port that interface with the public in order to reduce the frustrations of Agents and port users, while plugging any revenue leakages.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia paid a surprise visit to the Registrar-General’s Department to familiarise himself with the challenges facing the State outfit.

During his visit, he met with the Registrar General, the staff of the Department and ordinary Ghanaians who had gone to register their businesses.