Mr. John Henry Martey Newman, the Chief of Staff of President Professor Atta Mills is a Ricemaster! He has imported two containers full load of Indian US Style Rice with each containing 1075 bags.
The rice coming from Port Jabel Ali in Dubai with the agent’s address at the destination of the goods as Intermodal Shipping Agency Ghana (ISAG) located at Community 2.
The two containers with numbers FSCU3680322 and TGHU2786196 were discharged in the country on the 12th of January 2010 via MV Pac Aries.
The consignee of the 2,150 bags of rice is the Chief of State, the President’s Office, Castle, Accra, Ghana West Africa but this paper’s check in Dubai indicates that the rice were meant for the Chief of Staff.
Last week Thursday when this paper got into contact with the shipper in far away Dubai, the only response we got was “what do you want from us; the rice is for the Chief of Staff”.
A day after the call from this office to Dubai, an agent was seen at the offices of ISAG trying to go through the formalities so that the goods can be cleared following which this paper alerted Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a deputy minister of information for him to pass this information on to the National Security.
As at press time yesterday when this paper got into contact with Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, he said, the rice is still at the port and investigations are still underway.