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General News of Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Source: starrfm.com.gh

SC ruling: Go and seek redress – NDC to sacked CEOs

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on former Chief Executives and director-generals of state agencies who were removed by the Akufo-Addo government upon assumption of office to seek redress.

It comes after the Supreme Court in a recent ruling concluded that such dismissals are unconstitutional.

In a unanimous decision, a seven-member panel of the court, presided over by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, held that per Article 190 Clause 1(b) of the 1992 Constitution, public corporations were part of the Public Services of Ghana and, therefore, such persons were public service officers whose appointments were protected by the Constitution.

The NDC in a statement signed by its General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketiah said: “The National Democratic Congress welcomes the decision in a recent case in the Supreme Court in which the court held unanimously that it is unconstitutional and therefore null and void, for the government of President Akufo-Addo to remove from office, all chief executive officers and director-generals of public corporations appointed by previous administrations. In so doing, the Court has clarified the constitutional position vis-a-vis the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act.

“The National Democratic Congress is therefore by this statement, advising all such categories of chief executive officers and director-generals who were so affected to take appropriate steps to vindicate their rights in the appropriate fora”.