Why I rejected GPHA appointment – Sir John

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie

Former General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popularly known as Sir John has clarified that he has a persistent fear of the Sea,(Thalassophobia) and that’s what pushed him to reject President Nana Addo’s appointment as Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).

According to Sir John, immediately he was hinted of the said appointment from the presidency, he went to the Ports and Harbours to acquaint himself with the daily activities but just by the sight of the Sea sent shivers down his spine.

“I didn’t know the Sea was closer to my office so I said to myself, Sir John you don’t belong here” he stated.

It was extensively speculated that President Akufo-Addo would name Sir John as the Director General of GPHA. But a letter from the presidency indicated that one Paul Asare Ansah has been appointed for the job.

After months of silence and patience, President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo has appointed Sir John as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Forestry Commission.

Expressing his gratitude to President Akufo Addo, the former NPP General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie echoed that the presidency cannot be blamed for the late appointment, and that his appointment to the Forestry Commission is appropriate since he hails from the forest zone of Ghana.

“I’m happy I have been chosen to head to Forestry Commission as someone from the Ashanti region to protect and manage the permanent forest estates and protected areas in the various ecological zones of the country”.