Nana Addo Appoints Sandra Opuku As First Female Director Of Tema Port

The President, Nana Addo Danka Akufo-Addo has appointed Sandra Opoku as the acting Director of Tema Port.

Sandra Opoku becomes the first female Director of Tema Port and she takes over from Edward Kofi Osei who has reached his retirement age.

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

Until her appointment Sandra Opoku was the General Manager in-charge of Legal Affairs of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).

She was employed by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority in 2003 as a lawyer.

Barely a year later she was admitted into the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta in 2004 where she obtained her Masters in International Maritime Law.

Prior to serving as General Manager of Legal Affairs of GPHA, Sandra Opoku was the General Manager in charge of Administration after having occupied positions such as, Legal Manager and Board Secretary of Ghana’s Ports and Harbours Authority.

In her early years, Sandra Opoku attended St Roses Senior High School in Akwatia in the Eastern Region for both her O and A Levels, completing in 1992 and 94 respectively. At St. Roses, she was the Protocol Officer and a Dining Hall Prefect.

She was admitted to the University of Ghana to pursue Bachelor of Laws and subsequently entered the Ghana Law School and was called to the Bar in October 2001.

Right after National Service, at the Civil Division of the Attorney General’s Department she started working at the GPHA as a temporal staff from 1st August 2002, and made permanent staff on 1st April 2003 as a legal officer, then later became principal legal officer, a legal manager in 2008, after which she was made board secretary from 2011 to 2014.

She returned to her legal manager job, and was appointed General Manager, Administration in 2017, a job she described as one of the hottest positions and a big learning curve for her. She became General Manager, Legal on 1st November 2018.

This was followed by her appointment to the position of Acting Director of Tema Port on March 4, 2019.She is married with three children.

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