…Draws Knife On Institutional Heads Rather
…Jinapor & Asenso-Boakye Fix Korle-Bu CEO In A-Plus’ “Nonsense”
President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, skipped his long announced reshuffling of his 110 ministers again, and rather went after four Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of some state institutions, dismissing them from office for unspecified reasons.
Also sacked, were two deputy CEOs of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) bringing the number of officials dismissed by the President to six.
This remains the biggest dismissal of CEOs of government institutions in Ghana’s democratic dispensation, forcing many to claim that the President stage-managed it to bury the premiering of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s secret videos on Ghana Football Association (GFA) officials, in which Kwesi Nyantakyi, was captured allegedly receiving bribes to fix matches.
It is not clear, what caused the dismissal of the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority (GPHA) Paul Asare Ansah, however, the dismissal of Alfred Obeng Boateng and the CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Gifty Klenam, are fairly known; they had separately had administrative issues at their respective institutions.
The CEO of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Felix Anya, appeared fired because of government’s anger at Controversial musician and member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as A-Plus.
Dr. Anya, has been a close friend of the musician, who has called some government officials, including Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor and Francis Asenso-Boakye thieves. A-Plus, has since been sued for defamation by some of the government appointees.
Again, it is not clear, when the much anticipated ministerial reshuffle, will take place over a year and half into the Akufo-Addo administration.
Reports are, however, rife that more CEOs, including the Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, are going to be fired in the coming days.
In February this year, President Akufo–Addo, made sensational headlines when he met his ministers one-on-one, to assess their performances per a report submitted on the 110 ministers by the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, led by Dr. Anthony Akoto-Osei. This was to be followed by a reshuffle, but nothing was heard again since then.
The President, had since January this year, indicated he was going to reshuffle his ministers, but many months afterwards he has rather axed CEO under four ministries. They are the Transport Ministry, Health Ministry, Trade and Industry Ministry, as well as Energy Ministry.
Interestingly, all the dismissal letters came from the Flagstaff House, except the one from a sector minister; BoakyeAgyarko, the Minister of Energy to the Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) Company, Alfred Obeng Boateng.
The termination letters were signed by Nana Asante Bediatuo, Secretary to the President.
The CEOs, were simply called to the Flagstaff House, and informed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei Opare, that they had been relieved of their appointments.
In the case of the BOST MD, his dismissal had been long overdue, having been plagued by two high-profile scandals less than two years at the state facility.
In June 2017, he sold contaminated fuel under mysterious circumstance with reports that the country lost about GH¢7 million in revenue.
BOST sold Five million litres of contaminated fuel to two unlicensed companies; Movenpinaa and Zup Oil, which were allegedly set up days before the sale. The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) confirmed that the two companies were also not licensed.
An avalanche of calls for Alfred Obeng Boateng to be sacked was deflated with a Bureau of National Instigation (BNI) report which has remained doubtful till this day.
Boakye Agyarko, subsequently set up an investigative committee to look into the matter, but the report also has been in the armpit of the minister, since its submission to the Minister in November, last year.
Early this year, The Herald, reported about the sale of some 1.8 million barrels of crude oil at a discount to an unlicensed company, BB Energy.
This was later picked by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC), which accused Alfred Obeng Boateng of financial malfeasance, saying the country lost about GH¢23 million in revenue in the 1.8 million barrels of crude oil transaction.
Alfred Obeng Boateng, slammed the accusations, describing them as baseless.
Nonetheless, COPEC petitioned the Special Prosecutor to investigate the allegations.
The Executive Director of COPEC, Duncan Amoah, said he was ready to assist the Special Prosecutor’s investigations with evidence.
His assurance, followed the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, asking him to be ready to furnish his office with further details of the allegations made against BOST.
There has been no word from the Special Prosecutor since.
President Akufo-Addo, who had earlier hailed Mr. Obeng, has since replaced him with one George Mensah Okley, according to a termination letter addressed to him.
GEPA CEO, Gifty Klenam, a former NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower West Akyem ,was sacked with two of her deputies, Eric Amoako Twum and Akilu Sayibu.
There had been issues of maladministration at GEPA, especially with expenditure. The Herald, broke the story of the maladministration at the GEPA, last month.