A former Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police Mr Frank Adu-Poku (retd), has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).
He takes over from Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr K.K. Amoah, who retired on February 28, 2019, after two years of service at EOCO.
ACP K.K Amoah who is over 70 years recently told the media that his contract has not been renewed. In January, it emerged that some eight CEOs were set to be replaced for being over 60 years old.
K.K Amoah was not on that initial list.
The Public Service Act mandates public officers to retire from public service after attaining the age of 60.
The Act, however, allows for an extension of about five years if the President so wishes.
That earlier list included:
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, 65 years CEO of the Forestry Commission.
Eugene Ofosuhene, 67 years – Controller and Accountant General,
Kofi Jumah, 68 years – CEO of Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC)
Isaac Osei, 67 years – CEO of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR)
Kwame Owusu, 67 years – CEO of Ghana Maritime Authority
Anthony Nsiah-Asare, 65 years – Director General of the Ghana Health Service
Samuel Annor, 64 years – CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority
K.K. Sarpong, 65 years – CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
When this list report emerged, the government stressed that they had not been sacked.
“Government advises the general public and institutional stakeholders to disregard a list of CEOs circulating as having been sacked on account of age. The general public is therefore advised to disregard media reportage that these persons have been ordered to vacate posts on account of their age,” Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.
“Engagements between Government and CEOs of State-Owned enterprises are routine. While it remains the prerogative of the President to engage or disengage the services of CEOs of State Owned Enterprises, he exercises such powers after the necessary requisite engagements,” the Minister explained.
COP Adu-Poku Profile
COP Adu-Poku (retd), born on June 15,1957, served as the Head of the CID from 2007 to 2009.
Prior to his retirement, he was the Director General in charge of Services in the Ghana Police Service, where he served from 2016 to 2017. In 2013, he was the Director General, Technical.
From April 2003 to October 2005, he was the Commander of the Very Very Important People’s Protection Unit of the Police Service at the Christianborg Castle, Osu, Accra, after which he later served as the Ashanti Regional Police Commander from April 2005 to October 2007.
He also served as a member of the Judicial Council of Ghana from 1993 to 1998 and was a member of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) from 2007 to 2009.
COP Adu-Poku is a lawyer by profession and member of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).