General News of Saturday, 9 June 2012
Koko Anyidoho, Director of Communications at the Presidency has been sidelined for comments he made last week which he said was from the President.
In a statement issued by the Presidency, the media was directed to henceforth disregard any communications purporting to emanate from the President if it is not signed either by the secretary to the President or the Chief of Staff.
The latest twist comes in the wake of Mr. Anyidoho’s supposed firing of the Ashanti Regional Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) after floodlights at the Baba Yara stadium went off for over an hour during the Ghana-Lesotho World cup qualifier.
Mr. Anyidoho claimed the ECG director had been sacked because the president was very upset with at the incident.
As it turned out and later confirmed by a statement from the Information Ministry the president never took such a decision.
The latest statement from the Presidency, signed by the Chief of Staff, is emphatic that no directive including appointments can claim to emanate from the president unless signed by key individuals excluding Mr. Anyidoho.
Below is the full statement
PRESS RELEASE The Office of the President wishes to state that all directives and decisions emanating from the Presidency including appointments, are communicated formally and signed by the Secretary to the President or in some instances by the Chief of Staff.
All other Government information is communicated through the Ministry of Information by Press Release or other means and in some cases where appropriate by the relevant sector Ministries, under the direction of the Minister-in-charge.
The Office of the President wishes the Media and General Public to be guided by these procedures and channels for communicating Government information.
Signed J. H.M. NEWMAN [CHIEF OF STAFF]