Wednesday, June 6 , 2018 would go into history as a day of widespread dismissals in the management of state institutions.
The President perhaps living by his campaign mantra of ridding the country of corruption nearly took the shine off the premiering of the much- anticipated Anas’ corruption video by sacking the four Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and two deputies.
The four dismissed officers include; the Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport Company (BOST), Alfred Obeng Boateng, CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Gifty Klenam with her two deputies, CEO of Ghana Ports and Habours Authority (GPHA), Paul Asare Ansah and CEO of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Felix Anyah .
A letter signed by the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante said the four CEOs had until Friday, June 8, to hand over their positions.
With Mr. Obeng Boateng, his reign as BOST Managing Director was dogged by one controversy and another relating to the sale of contaminated fuel to some private organisations.
He was, however, cleared by Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), according to Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko who had set up a committee to investigate the sale
The CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Gifty Klenam, was also sacked along with her two deputies.
Gifty Klenam was a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower West Akyem.
She has been in the export business for 20 years and spent eight years as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism.
The removal of the GPHA boss Paul Ansah comes in the wake of a standoff between workers of the state company and the board chairman Peter Mac Manu.
Mr. Mac Manu who was accused of nepotism and self-serving contract-awarding by the staff has threatened to sue if the workers do not retract and apologise for the accusations leveled against him.
The Korle-Bu CEO Dr. Anyah, who is the owner of Holy Trinity Medical Centre/Holy Trinity Spa & Health Farm was appointed in June 1, 2017.
He took over from Dr Samuel Asiamah who was the acting CEO of the hospital following the self-termination of service by Dr Gilbert Buckle.
Dr. Buckle, before his departure, faced numerous tussles with the Korle Bu Senior Staff Association (KOSSA).
The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, in spite of its status as a leading health facility in the country, is bedevilled with many challenges that appear to be insurmountable.
This is despite its many changes in administration.
The situation of the hospital was described by the Minister for Environment Science and Technology, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng as a ‘monster’ that cannot be killed.
Source closed to the Presidency h revealed to Today that the radical reorganisation was part of efforts by President Nana Akufo-Addo to restructure the public sector.
More top officials of some state agencies Today’s sources indicated, are also expected to be sacked between now and July.
Our sources also indicated that shake-ups in the army and police hierarchy are also expected.
Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH
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