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Recent reports that, President Akufo-Addo, will be sending heads of some state institutions home, has started manifesting with the release of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) boss and Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) boss.
Although, the earlier revelation of their pending dismissal on age grounds, was refuted by the Information Minister, Kwadwo Oppong Nkrumah, two out of the seven chief executives of public institutions; Dr. Samuel Annor and Kwame Owusu of the NHIA and the GMA respectively, who were in The Herald’s report, have since been sent home by the government.
Dr. Samuel Annor, has been succeeded by Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby, Ag. Deputy Chief Executive, in-charge of Operations.
Although, the report of investigations into the alleged conflict of interest and financial malfeasance made against the Director General of Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Kwame Owusu, is yet to be made public, he is said to have last week retired from the Authority.
Barely four months after the probe was ordered into the allegations, the Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, said on Tuesday that he is yet to receive the findings of the board for the necessary action to be taken.
At a news conference in Accra yesterday, the Minister confirmed reports that, Mr Owusu, has retired, but indicated the report of the board, will be made public once it is submitted to him.
Mr Asiamah, was accused of approving payments to LUXE Hotels [owned by him] for services rendered to the Authority, which many have cited him for conflict of interest.
Apparently, Mr Owusu is the Group Chairman of LUXE Hotels.
For instance, he is alleged to have approved the payment of ten thousand, six hundred and fifty-two Ghana cedis, five pesewas (GH¢10,652.05) to the hotel for providing lunch for eight persons as lunch.
But that allegation, has been denied by the Authority, though Mr Asiamah, justified the payments. He claimed, the decision to contract the hotel for the catering services was taken and approved by the board of the Authority.
Co-Chairman of the Citizen’s Movement against Corruption (CMaC), Edem Senanu, called for investigation into the allegations, consequent to which the Transport minister, instructed the board of the Maritime Authority to investigate the Director General.
“As the sector Minister with oversight responsibility over the Ghana Maritime Authority, I wish to indicate that I have directed the Board of the Authority to investigate the allegations and report to me for necessary action,” Transport Minister Kawku Ofori Asiamah, has stated.
Director General of the GMA was among some CEOs ordered to proceed on compulsory retirement, having surpassed the compulsory retirement age of 60 years.
The 67-year-old is among seven chief executives of public institutions directed by President Akufo-Addo to proceed on compulsory retirement, because they are all above the age of 60 and the government was having difficulties with the Public Services Commission of their age.
Their compulsory retirement takes effect from March 2019.
President Akufo-Addo’s action is in line with the Public Service Act which enjoins public officers to retire from the public on attaining 60 years and getting a possible extension of five extra years.
The affected are; Isaac Osei, the CEO of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), who is currently 67 years; Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, CEO of Forestry Commission, 65 years; 68-year-old Maxwell Kofi Jumah, CEO of Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation; 65year-old Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
The rest are Eugene Ofosuhene, Controller and Accountant General who is 67 years; Dr Samuel Annor, CEO of National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), who is 64 years; and 65-year-old K.K. Sarpong, who is the CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).