The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Mr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong is facing another heat, this time, a legal suit for his resignation as CEO of the state corporation.
The Deputy National Youth Organizer of the opposition NDC, Eric Edem Agbana has filed a legal suit at the Supreme Court, a Writ invoking the original jurisdiction of the Court against Kofi Koduah Sarpong for refusing to leave post even after attaining age 65.
According to the reliefs being sought by Edem Agbana (Plaintiff), the Defendant’s (K.K Sarpong) continuous stay in office as the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation after attaining age 65 was against the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
He is seeking for an order from the Court for the Defendant to pay back to the GNPC all salaries, allowances and benefits he obtained from the corporation from the date of attaining age 65 till date.
The Plaintiff indicated that, according to Article 199 (1) and (4) of the 1992 Constitution, which states that “A public officer shall, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, retire from the public service on attaining the age of Sixty years… (2) A public officer may, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, retire from the public service at any time after attaining the age of forty-five years, K. K. Sarpong has no right to continue staying in that position.
“An Order for the Defendant to resign immediately from his position as CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation,” the relief stated.
The Plaintiff according to the Writ No. JI/2.2020 filed on October 17, 2019 brought the action against the GNPC Boss as a citizen of Ghana.
Meanwhile, Dr. K.K Sarpong, the Defendant, has fourteen days from the day of filling to file his Statement of Defence in the action brought against him by Eric Edem Agbana (Plaintiff).