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IMANI Africa fights Auditor-General’s contract extension

The founder and president of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has questioned President Akufo-Addo’s decision to extend the contract of the Auditor-General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu.

Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Cudjoe indicated that, he was not surprised by the move as it is typical of the President.

He questioned the necessity of extending Asiedu’s contract, asking whether the Auditor-General is the only person capable of handling audit issues.

While acknowledging Asiedu’s competence, Franklin Cudjoe believes it’s time for new blood and that the extension sets a bad precedent.

“I’m not entirely surprised by Nana Addo’s decision to extend this month, I mean that’s what he likes to do in a way, I mean he kicks out people who are doing hard work and then rewards people who even are due for their time and then gives them extensions and all that. Look, this is a very lame way of trying to fight corruption. I mean this man will be forever happy that the president has given an extension for two years.”

“I mean, if the people are going, just let them go, there are many people who are equally qualified, let them come in as well. Why? Is he the only person who can handle audit issues? I’m not saying he’s not a good man, he’s a good guy, but if he’s up for retirement…they should let the man go, what is the business of extending to two years and then so on?”

His comment comes after news emerge that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the contract of the Auditor-General, Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu.

The contract extension is for two years.

A notice from the Auditor General’s Office said Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu’s tenure should have ended on August 1, 2024.

“I wish to bring to the information of all staff that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, has extended the tenure of the office of the Auditor General, Mr. Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu for the next two years,” the notice read.

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