Sir John Made Forestry Commission Boss


….Ex-Bantama MP Sacrificed

A former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Forestry Commission.

A former Member of Parliament (MP) for Bantama in the Ashanti Region, Henry Kwabena Kokofu, who has expertise in Forestry, was penciled to be assigned for the job, but has been yanked from him and given to Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie.

Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as ‘Sir John’, will be replacing Mr. Samuel Afari Dartey. Prior to his appointment, Sir John, was tipped for the Managing Director (MD) position of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authourity (GHAPOHA). However, President Akufo-Addo ,chose Paul Asare Ansah, instead.

The Forestry Commission’s function is to create, protect and manage the permanent forest estates and protected areas in the various ecological zones of the country to conserve Ghana’s biophysical heritage, prepare and implement integrated forest and wildlife management plans for the maintenance of the environment to the benefit of all segments of society and to regulate the harvesting of timber, wildlife and other non-timber forest products among others.

Prior to his latest appointment, some party supporters, accused the President of sidelining Mr. Owusu Afriyie.

Mr. Kokofu, has meanwhile, indicated that he was not disappointed the post has been assigned to Sir John.

The former lawmaker last month was reportedly appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo as the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, only to be swerved on Monday March 13, 2017.
Henry Kwabena Kokofu on Kumasi-based Abusua FM, said he was not perturbed the job has been taken away from him, indicating that appointments to various institutions in the country, remain the sole prerogative of the president.

“Sir John is my senior at law and a senior member of the party. I will call him to congratulate him. Appointments are the sole prerogative of the president who knows who is best for which job to help his administration. I am not ready to disclose who said I was going to the Forestry Commission”, he revealed.

He stated that he was not also ready to argue on the matter and asked the host to pull his brakes on the issue, insisting that he will still continue to contribute his quota to the development of the party and government.

“I am still a party person. It does not mean that it is only when you are appointed you can help in governance. I am still working behind the scenes to help the party and government “, he added.

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