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SACKING OF FOUR CEOs: PART OF RESTRUCTURING DRIVE - HERBERT KRAPA CLARIFIES

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Following President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s termination of appointments of four top chief executive officers of state agencies last week, many have speculated that the sackings were for reasons of wrongdoing.

Following President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s termination of appointments of four top chief executive officers of state agencies last week, many have speculated that the sackings were for reasons of wrongdoing.

 

President Akufo-Addo dismissed Paul Asare Ansah, the director general of the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority, Alfred Obeng Boateng of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company, Felix Anyah of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and Gifty Klenam of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, as well as her two deputies. The announcement of the President’s action was made on Wednesday, June 6.

Although no reasons were given for their dismissal, commentators speculated that, in the case of the GPHA boss, it was linked to recent internal wrangling at the Authority.

Daily Statesman investigations reveal that the dismissals of Gifty Klenam and both of her deputies at the GEPA were linked to recent alleged mismanagement of funds.

However, the government’s spokesman on governance and legal affairs, Herbert Krapa, has rejected claims that the CEOs were sacked for wrongdoing.

In line with drive

According to Krapa, the move was simply an element of the government’s restructuring drive.

“None of the cases is connected to what you’d call wrongdoing or any act that is untoward,” he said in a radio interview on Saturday, June 9.

Krapa insisted that the CEOs were sacked to pave the way for other, equally competent people to drive the President’s vision of moving Ghana forward.

Deep-throat sources have told the Daily Statesman that more chief executive officers of state-owned enterprises are on their way out of office.

It is expected that a number of top officials of institutions of state, including the security agencies, will be sacked between now and July.

There were reports after the axing of the GPHA chief executive that some executive members of the New Patriotic Party in Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region, led by the constituency chairman, were threatening mass resignation if Paul Asare Ansah was not reinstated.

But a statement issued by the party’s constituency executive committee condemned the constituency chairman’s threat and described it as reckless.

“The party’s constituency and polling station executives are not in support of the chairman’s proposed demonstration and mass resignation,” the statement said.

The Asuogyaman executives said they believed that President Akufo-Addo has the power to appoint and remove officers and if he had exercised his constitutional right, they could not see why the chairman would want to incite NPP youth to demonstrate against the decision.

The statement also urged Mr Asare Ansah to call the constituency chairman to order as a matter of urgency, because the party is bigger than any individual.

Disciplinary?

The statement also entreated the media and general public to disregard the “selfish” and “parochial interest” of the constituency chairman. It appealed to regional and national NPP executives to take disciplinary action against him and Mr Ansah Asare for inciting protest against President Akufo-Addo’s action in Asuogyaman as well as publicly undermining the government.

“We totally dissociate ourselves from the reckless statement of the constituency chairman",” the executives said.