President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has finally relieved Mr. Eugene Ofosu-Hene as Controller and Accountant-General after he attained compulsory retirement age of 60 and was still hanging onto the job.
A letter from the presidency dated April 23, 2019 and signed by Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo has through the Finance Minister directed Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem to take over with effect from April 30, 2019 while efforts are underway to regularize his appointment.
It would be recalled that MyNewsGh.com reported last year reported of how tension enveloped the CAGD over the continuous stay in office of the Mr. Eugene Ofosu-Hene as head.
Mr. Eugene Ofosu-hene whose appointment was allegedly shrouded in inadequacies and irregularities as the Acting Controller and Accountant General on May 11th, 2017, was sixty-seven (67) years old at the time of his engagement. He was born on 17th October 1951 a date corroborated by the records at GIMPA, SSNIT and CAGD.
The retirement age of a public officer is sixty (60) years as stipulated clearly in section 199 (1) of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana. The Ghana civil service law 1993, PNDCL 327 also states the retirement age of civil servants as sixty (60) years.
In spite of these provisions above, the public service makes provision for limited engagement or contract appointment as clearly stated in the Ghana civil service document titled: ‘Guidelines on Appointments, Upgrading, Conversion and Promotions (AUCP) in the Civil Service’ 2015, section 9.0 (sub section 9.1-9.8).