The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed eight Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of government institutions to leave office by March 2019.
The CEOs are the Controller and Accountant General, Mr. Eugene Ofosuhene, 67 years, the CEO of Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC), Mr. Kofi Jumah, 68 years, the CEO of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), Mr. Isaac Osei, 67 years, the CEO of Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr. Kwame Owusu, 67 years, and the CEO of Forestry Commission, Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, 65 years,
Others are the Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, 65 years, the CEO of National Health Insurance Authority Dr. Samuel Annor, 64 years, and the CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Mr. K. K Sarpong, 65 years.
The directive is as a result of the provision in the Public Service Act which enjoins public officers to retire from the public service on attaining the age of sixty (60) years and getting a possible extension of five (5) extra years.
These victims were appointed by the President when he resumed office.
Follow up story
Following a report published by Change Agent Media on 6th January, 2019 a Young Diplomat, Mr. Akwasi Boakye called on government to muster the political will in dismissing workers who have reached their retirement ages yet are still in the public sectors so as to spur the creation of space for the employment of more youth.
According to him, it is really pathetic to say, that regardless of the escalating unemployment levels bedeviling the economy, employers in the formal sector continue to lay off employees owing to redundancy. Yet, he declared that there are several individuals in the formal sectors whose retirement ages are due but remain employed.
Mr. Boakye who is an entrepreneur asserted that due to this circumstances, the government is precluded from absorbing the large number of unemployed youth which in a way could have addressed the increasing youth unemployment.
This, Change Agent Media’s belief has resulted in the decision by the President who appointed the same CEO’s and has realised the need to create space for the youth as a way of addressing unemployment situations in the country.
According to the government, this decision would also pave way for major ministerial reshuffle in government.
Government, is taking such initiative because, according to information from different sources, government is not happy these people are over 60 but are still in office.
This is to start massive operation of dismissing government officials who are due retirement but are still in office to create more job opportunities.
Change Agent Media would still advocate for the youth and ensure government takes decisions that would affect the lives of the youth.
Editor: Ms. Emmanuella Oduro Appiah