President appoints Mrs Sandra Opoku First Female Director of Tema Port

The Acting Director of Tema Port, Mrs Sandra Opoku, has urged employees of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and other port operators to give off their best in order to achieve the vision of making Tema Port the container hub in the sub region.

Mrs Opoku made the call at a thanksgiving lunch organised by the Port Ladies Association (PLASS) to celebrate her assumption of office as the first female Director of Tema Port.

Mrs Opoku was appointed to the position by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and she takes over from Edward Kofi Osei who retired recently.

This is the first time in the history of Ghana a female has been appointed to head any of the Ports in Ghana.

Mrs Opoku thanked God and the President for the opportunity to serve her country in that capacity.

She urged the port community, especially employees of GPHA, to work together to achieve set targets.

“My doors are open for suggestions that will change GPHA for the better”, she said.

The Acting Director General of GPHA, Mr Michael Lukuje also expressed joy that an insider, conversant with the maritime business, had been appointed to head Tema port and take the business to another level.

“Let us see ourselves as equals and play our respective roles to make GPHA succeed”, he said.

The Director of Takoradi port, Capt. Ebenezer Afedzi, advised Mrs Opoku to always investigate complaints before taking action to avoid making mistakes and expressed the hope that her appointment would spur other female employees to work hard and show their capabilities.

There were solidarity messages from Volta River Authority Ladies Association, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, the PLASS at Takoradi and the GPHA local union.

Rev Mary Ghansah led the worship.

PIX:Mrs Opoku (second from left) and PLASS President Amanda Amarh (left) dancing with other celebrants.

 Mrs Opoku (right), Capt. Afedzi (middle)and Mrs Esther Gyebi-Donkor, General Manager Marketing and Corporate Affairs- GPHA dancing.

From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.

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