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General News of Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Frances Essiam locks GCMCL; asks all workers to go home

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited (GCMCL) Frances Essiam has ordered all workers to go home and not report for work today.

The premises of the company has been locked on her orders. The move by Mrs. Essiam is an attempt to scuttle a scheduled board meeting today.

The board was likely to pass a resolution asking her to step aside for investigations into allegations of corruption and procurement malpractices to be conducted.

There is also an eight page petition against her by the Finance Manager which the President, Nana Akufo Addo has reportedly sat on.

Starr News’ Daniel Nii Lartey reporting from the premises of the company stated that all the workers received a call Tuesday morning asking them not to step foot at the premises until further notice.

The security stationed at the premises, according to Nii Lartey sacks any worker who gets to work.

Mrs. Essiam on Monday denied claims of awarding several contracts worth millions of Ghana cedis without recourse to the company’s board.

Her denial comes in the wake Starr News’ interception of a letter from the company’s board warning her to stay off the disbursement of a GH¢5million stimulus package sought by the government for the company.

In an explosive interview on Starr Today Mrs. Essiam said the allegations are a “barrage of lies” and “borne out of hatred and malice.”

Describing herself as a woman of “substance” and “incorruptible” Mrs. Essiam hinted that she will seek legal actions against the company’s board chairman for impugning her integrity.

“For all the things that he [board chairman] said, I will take the appropriate means administratively, legally to seek redress and repair my image,” she stated.

“The law will take its course…and trust me the law will take its course because I am talking as a woman whose reputation is being wounded,” she added.