Pressure being subtly mounted on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fire the Acting Controller and Accountant General of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD), Eugene Asante Ofosuhene, the New Crusading GUIDE has been told.
And those mounting this latest pressure, including some elements within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), are at a loss as to why the President will still keep a man whose age, 67, clearly prevents him from assuming any public office under the current democratic dispensation at post.
Under the current situation, the Public Services Commission (PSC) could at best engage the acting controller and accountant general on contract for a maximum period of five years.
But, those who are calling for the head of Mr Asante Ofosuhene have flawed the above argument, stressing that per his age, 67, such dispensation had already been offered him.
“Per the 1992 Constitution, at age 60, every public servant is supposed to go on retirement. And if per chance the Public Services Commission wants to engage your services that is done within a period of five years…nothing more, nothing less,” one of those who wants Mr Asante Ofosuhene to be axed and spoke to this paper on condition of anonymity argued.
When this paper drew the attention of those opposing the appointment of Mr Asante Ofosuhene that he had a contract with the PSC, they retorted: “That is the more reason the President must do the right thing by firing the man he appointed somewhere in November last year.”
This paper further learnt that in addition to the pressure on the President from elements within his party, some of the workers were also against the appointment of Mr Asante Ofosuhene.
President Akufo-Addo on May 11th, 2017 appointed Mr Asante Ofosuhene as Acting Controller and Accountant General to replace Mr Seidu Kotomah who was appointed by former President John Dramani Mahama.
CAGD is established under the Civil Service Act, 1960 (CA.5), which legal framework is provided by the Administrative Act, 2003 Act 654.
In fact, the controller and the accountant general plays the role as the chief accounting officer and chief adviser to the government of Ghana on accounting issues.