A cross-section of Ghanaians have raised issues with the Akufo-Addo administration’s resolve to still keep at post the acting Controller and Accountant General, Mr Eugene Asante Ofosuhene, whose age is beyond the 60 years retirement age enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.
According to them, Article 199 (1) of the 1992 Constitution makes it clear that public servants must go on retirement at age sixty (60).
Similarly, they added that the Ghana Civil Service Law 1993, PNDCL 327 also states the retirement age of civil servants as 60 years. However, they indicated that this was not the case with the acting head of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD), whose age clearly is way above this constitutional provision.
Report says Mr Asante Ofosuhene, who is currently 67 years, will, in two months time, attain the age of 68 years. And this appears to have stirred up a hornets’ nest.
Indeed, sources say Mr Asante Ofosuhene’s continuous being in office at such an age when clearly, he should be on retirement has set tongues wagging with some wondering what special dispensation had been offered to him.
Those who spoke to this paper could further not fathom why the Akufo-Addo administration would appoint somebody who was well over the retirement age. And though they did not doubt the competence and integrity of Mr Asante Ofosuhene, they indicated that it was not right for the current administration to still keep him at post, knowing clearly that he had passed his retirement age.
Meanwhile, multiple sources close to CAGD told this reporter that past controller and accountant generals who reached the retirement age were not given any special dispensation, and could therefore not understand why the current controller was being treated differently.
“Why would the Akufo-Addo administration bend the rules in the appointment of the controller and accountant general when other governments applied it strictly?” our sources questioned.
Even though the Public Service Commission (PSC) makes provision for contract appointments for public servants who reach their retirement age, the paper learnt that in the case of the acting CAGD he does not qualify for such a dispensation.
Such a provision, which may be for a period of not more than two years, must not exceed five years, which clearly indicates that Mr Asante Ofusuhene, per his current age, does not fit into this category.
It will be recalled that Mr Eugene Asante Ofosuhene was appointed as the acting Controller and Accountant General on May 11th, 2017 to replace Mr Seidu Kotomah who was appointed by ex-President John Dramani Mahama.
The CAGD was established under the Civil Service Act, 1960 (CA.5), which legal framework is provided by the Administrative Act, 2003 Act 654.
The controller and the accountant general acts as the chief accounting officer and chief adviser to the government of Ghana on accounting issues.
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