Gov’t has not asked any CEO to leave office, disregard news to that effect-Information Minister

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Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has rubbished media reports about a directive by government to some eight (8) Chief Executive Officers of some state owned agencies to leave office by March 2019.

According to him, government has not taken any such decision and that news to that effect should be treated as mere rumour.

“Government has not written to any CEO to retire…it’s not true. We need to be cautious in our reportage. There’s no such direction to these CEOs. It is only one person who has been engaged in such matters. These are senior members so it will not be surprising for anyone to come out with such stories but as at this morning; no such order has been given.”

News of the alleged directive to the affected Chief Executive Officers has been awash on social media and some traditional media outlets over the weekend and today.

But the affected officials have denied receiving any official communication directing them to hand over to their deputies and exit office by March.

The eight CEOs have been named as:

Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, 65 years – CEO of Forestry Commission

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

  1. K Sarpong, 65 years – CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)

Eugene Ofosuhene, 67 years –Controller and Accountant General

The Director of Special Operations at the Forestry Commission, Charles Owusu who granted an interview to Accra based okay Fm on Monday January 28, 2019 said  ‘’I as speak to you, if it is true, then it is sad. If it is so, at least we should have been hinted or told. But we haven’t heard from government, no one has called us, no one has brought any letter and no one has said anything. What we just saw is the Ghanaian times report captioned the gang of 8 which has the picture and name of Sir John and the others attached’’.

But the information Minister says the public should treat the reports as fake, explaining that government has not taken any such decision.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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