BoG scandal: It was constructive dismissal, not resignation– Bawa Mogtari

BoG scandal: It was constructive dismissal, not resignation– Bawa Mogtari
Source: Ghana | | Naa Sakwaba Akwa |
Date: 06-01-2018 Time: 03:01:54:pm

Spokesperson to former president, John Mahama says the recent resignation of the 2nd Deputy Governor at the Bank of Ghana was forced.

Joyce Bawa Mogtari’s comment follows a press release and subsequent revelation by lawyers of Dr Johnson Asiama that their client was compelled to resign from his position.

According to one of the lawyers, Victor Adawudu, some persons at the BoG made their client’s stay in office difficult and it was, therefore, reasonable for him to resign in the interest of his family and country.

Speaking on Joy FM’s news analysis programme Newsfile on Saturday, Mrs Bawa Mogtari said per the press release and comments made by the former deputy governor’s lawyers, there is no doubt there are underhand dealings which forced Dr Asiama to resign.

“This is tantamount to constructive dismissal of a man whose record is otherwise untarnished, a man who is very well qualified for the job, very well respected in the industry,” she said.

Related: 2nd Deputy Governor of BoG officially steps down

The former Deputy Transport Minister is convinced that deliberate attempts were made to make the former deputy governor’s life at the bank unbearable, which forced him to resign.

Joyce Bawa Mogtari 2018

She said the former governor’s resignation, as well as the current deputy governor’s resignation cumulatively, is not only disappointing but worrying.

She advised that individuals who are lacing their boots and those who wait to take up these appointments when these individuals are forcibly pushed out that “the same way that your predecessor left,  recall your successor will be planning your demise and exit as well.”

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa 2018

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who also contributed to the discussion said not only is the unexplained resignations at the BoG is worrying, revelations in the wake of the current deputy governor’s resignation speak volumes of attempts by unknown persons to hound them out.

He said the press statement by lawyers of Dr Asiama indicated clearly that something went wrong and “it leads everyone to believe that this is not a voluntary resignation. Clearly, it is not.’

Mr Ablakwa also expressed worry that the country and the taxpayer are now going to spend more to pay for two former governors and two former deputy governors who resigned even before their time was due.

He also questioned why the governors and deputy governors who resigned rather decide to succumb to pressure rather than stand up to principle and test the law.

“It appears to me that, well they don’t mind, okay government is powerful, let me just take my entitlements and that's it.

“If Ghana was your company will you run it that way? That is the problem I have, financial loss to the state and waste of resources, we don’t need that,” he said.

In his view, the governors who feel unfairly treated should go to court and challenge the decision.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah 2018

But a Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah denies that government has a hand in the resignation.

He said the BoG is a semi-autonomous institution and is one of the institutions with the richest administrative structures which cannot be influenced by the state.

He stated that government has no hand in the resignation and is disappointed by the allegations being made by the lawyers.

The allegations notwithstanding, however, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said there is the need to “find out from the Bank of Ghana what circumstances have occasioned his resignation.

“If the man has quit his job, if he seeks to explain his reasons, there must be some facts to back it, but if you say he was relegated, impediments were put in his way and it appears to be politically motivated and the BoG is not here to speak for itself, we are left in a fix,” he added.

He urged anyone who has information about the said unfair treatment to “put it out.”

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