Labour expert wades into CAGD saga

A labour expert, Mr Boakye Yiadom Amponsah, has advised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to avoid appointing persons due for retirement to man sensitive positions like the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD).

The advice follows massive protest from some workers at CAGD and some high-ranking members of the ruling party over the retirement age of the Controller Accountant General of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD), Eugene Asante Ofosuhene.

President Akufo-Addo appointed Mr Asante Ofosuhene as the Acting Controller and Accountant General in 2017. He replaced Mr Seidu Kotomah, who was appointed by the erstwhile Mahama administration.

Mr Asante Ofosuhene is 67, which is way beyond the constitutionally mandated retirement age for state officials.

In an interview with Kaakyire Ofori Ayim on Atinka TV’s Ghana Nie,’ labour expert, Mr Boakye Yiadom Amponsah, mentioned that depending on the availability of personnel it will be proper for the presidency to select candidates taking into consideration the age as well as other factors.

He, however, stated that there was also the possibility of appointing an aged person who was competent on contract basis, while you scout for the right person with the qualified age.

He said such persons could be employed on contract basis if they have the skills and competence required for the job.

Meanwhile, a reliable source at the Jubilee House, the seat of government, has hinted Today that the President has finally made up his mind to sack the “overage civil servant,” following pressure from all quarters.

 

“We have resolved to petition the President on the matter next week. Our boss has passed the retirement age for persons who occupy such positions and he must make way for a new one. He must go! We are citizens, not spectators as the President admonished every Ghanaian to be,” a top official at the state institution told this paper.

 

At age 67, Mr Asante Ofosuhene is disqualified from being given a contract by the Public Services Commission (PSC). He would have been given a maximum of 5-year contract if he were 60 per the regulations.  However, the acting CAGD boss has made it clear that he has a contract with PSC.

 

“Due to various agitations across the country, the President does not want the issue of the acting controller and accountant general to be another headache hence his decision to sack him in the coming weeks,” the Jubilee House source told this paper.

 

CAGD is established under the Civil Service Act, 1960 (CA.5), which legal framework is provided by the Administrative Act, 2003 Act 654; it plays the role as the chief accounting officer and chief adviser to the government of Ghana on accounting issues.

 

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