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AKUFO-ADDO TO SACK MORE APPOINTEES: FOUR CEOs ALREADY OUT

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Information available to the Daily Statesman indicates that more chief executive officers of state-owned enterprises are on their way out of office after the appointments of four state agency chiefs were terminated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday.

Information available to the Daily Statesman indicates that more chief executive officers of state-owned enterprises are on their way out of office after the appointments of four state agency chiefs were terminated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday.

A number of top officials of certain institutions of state, including the security agencies, are expected to be sacked between now and July.

Those whose appointments were terminated yesterday were the director general of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Paul Ansah; the chief executive officer of Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Ltd, Alfred Obeng; the chief executive officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Felix Anyaa; and Gifty Klenam, chief executive officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority. Miss Klenam is out with her two deputies, Eric Twum and Akilu Sayibu.

The letters terminating the appointments of Paul Ansah and Alfred Obeng were both dated June 5, 2018. They were signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo, Executive Secretary to the President.

Mr Ansah and Mr Obeng were directed to hand over their offices by Friday June 8, 2018 at the very latest to Edward Kofi Osei and Goerge Mensah Okley, respectively.

The GPHA boss was further asked “to proceed to collect three months’ salary in lieu of notice and any other terminal benefits or facilities due you under relevant law on contract”.

No reason was given for Mr Ansah’s dismissal, nor for any of the others. But the Daily Statesman can report that the sacking is linked to workers’ recent agitation against the board chairman of the GPHA, Peter Mac Manu. The protests were allegedly orchestrated by the dismissed director general.

Workers at both the Takoradi and Tema ports yesterday brought work to a standstill, wearing red bands in solidarity with Paul Ansah.

Information available to the Daily Statesman indicates that the workers have planned a number of actions to demand his reinstatement.

In the case of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, we can confirm that the dismissals are linked to recent alleged mismanagement of funds at the GEPA, widely reported in the media.

The dismissed CEO, Gifty Klenam, last week rubbished media reports that she and Eric Amoako Twum, one of her deputies, had been involved in mismanaging Authority funds. In what was considered a breach of state procurement law, she and her deputy were alleged to have collected a total $132,000 in respect of two years’ accommodation.

The other GEPA deputy, Akilu Sayibu, was said to have been sidelined in the management of the Authority because he was not in his boss’s good books.

A statement issued by GEPA last week denied the claims of mismanagement but offered little detail.

However, the Daily Statesman can confirm that they took the money for their accommodation, and felt there was nothing wrong because the action had been approved by the board of directors.

Ms Klenam was said to have collected $72,000 as rent allowance at $3,000 a month for 24 months, while Mr Twum reportedly collected $60,000 at $2,500 a month for 24 months.