Gov’t refutes report of sacking eight state institution CEOs

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Government has refuted media reports that eight CEOs of state institutions have been asked by President Akufo-Addo to vacate their positions.

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said there has not been any directive from the President for the state institutions CEOs to go home as reported.

According to him, there are age “constraints” which means some of the CEOs may be going home.

He said one CEO has been engaging government over an extension but he’s unable to tell if it will go on with his job.

“These are highly qualified persons who are in the party and there are people who will deliberately publish such things to create disaffection.”

Cautioning the media on false reporting, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said: “I find it interesting that others have added other names.”

Reports on Friday by the mainstream media according to their sources at the Presidency revealed that eight Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of state institutions have been directed by President Akufo-Addo to vacate their positions by March 2019.

The eight CEOs have attained the legal age in the Public Service Act for them to retire but can be entitled to a five-year contract of three terms, Two years, two years and a year, before going home.

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The CEOs include; Mr Eugene Ofosuhene, 67 years, Controller and Accountant General, Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah 68 years, Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation appointed in October 2017, Mr Issac Osei, 67 years, CEO of Tema Oil Refinery, appointed in January 2017, Mr Kwame Owusu 67 years, CEO of Ghana Maritime Authority appointed in 2017, Mr Kwadjo Owusu Afriyie, 65 years, CEO of Forestry Commission appointed in March 2017, Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, 65 years, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service appointed in April 2017, Dr Samuel Annor, 64 years, CEO of National Health Authority, Mr K.K Sarpong 65 years CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, also appointed in January 2017.

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