Government’s spokesperson on Governance and Legal Affairs, Herbert Krapa has rejected claims that the government sacked the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of some state agencies for wrongdoing.
He explained that the move forms part of government’s restructuring drive and nothing else.
“None of the cases is connected to what you’d call wrongdoing or any act that is untoward,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo last week sacked four top officials of some state institutions under some mysterious circumstances.
They include the CEO of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Felix Anya, CEO of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) Company, Alfred Obeng Boateng, Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) CEO, Gifty Klenam and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) CEO, Paul Asare Ansah.
The action raised eyebrows with many suspecting something fishy.
But speaking on Citi FM/Citi TV’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday, Herbert Krapa insisted that the CEOs were sacked to pave the way for other equally competent people to take over to drive the president’s vision for the country.
“President after a year and a half is in such a place that he is able to have a holistic view of what is happening in the various sectors of the government of his administration and be able to say which people are running with his speed to deliver on the mandate of change that he has which people to step aside with some renewed force and energy to come and deliver on the mandate that the president has.”
He further explained that the Korle Bu CEO was however sacked because of his age.
“…one of them is a bit of a technical matter and has to do with the CEO of the Korle Bu Teaching hospital. Dr Anyah was still acting, and the public services commission could not recommend his approval because of his age. This is because, for them, Dr Anyah had gone beyond the statutory age limit that is why his appointment was not confirmed,” Krapa clarified.
The Public Services Commission Act stipulates in section 8 that the appointment of an officer in the public services must be done in accordance with the Public Services Commission.
Citi News has also gathered that the Special Advisor to the Minister of Business Development, Mrs Afua Asabea Asare, is set to replace Gifty Klenam as the CEO of GEPA.
Former GPHA boss, Mr Paul Asare Ansah, has also handed over management of the Authority to Mr Edward Osei as directed by the presidency.