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General News of Saturday, 30 May 2020


I’m ready to go on pension but timing not right – Korle-Bu CEO

Dr. Daniel Asare, CEO of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital play videoDr. Daniel Asare, CEO of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare, has said that he is ready to go on retirement after serving his term as head of the hospital.

His comment follows earlier reports of staff at the Korle-Bu Teaching, mostly senior staff, calling for his resignation stating that the CEO is attempting to overstay his welcome.

According to the workers, the CEO has reached the public sector retirement age of 60 years per his details at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) which states he was born May 31, 1960.

But, Dr Daniel Asare, whose appointment as the CEO of Korle-Bu Hospital ends in September 2020, said he does not mind going on pension if President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo or the Board Chair of the health facility appoints a successor.

He however argued in an exclusive interview with GhanaWeb that the call for his resignation did not come at an appropriate time as he is leading the staff at the hospital to fight COVID-19.

He indicated that those agitating for the termination of his appointment must exercise patience, adding that the new appointee may experience some difficulty if the transition is sudden.

He told that “Until a new person comes or my contract is extended, it will be inappropriate to exit the seat especially when we are in the forefront. And I think it’s logical…Even if someone is newly appointed, he cannot perform the roles we are doing now. He needs to warm up. Especially when we are in crisis. You don’t do that.”

Dr. Asare added that “So me I’m ready to go pension and do my own thing…So people should just be patient. Even though my contract ends in September 2020, I would be 60 in May but it doesn’t mean that you can go outside your contract.”

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