The Protestors holding the placards
Members of the Senior Staff Association of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) have expressed their disapproval over government’s decision to relieve the Ag. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Felix Kwaku Anyah, of his position.
Demonstrating their displeasure barely 24 hours after the announcement, the staff clad in red arm bands and holding placard marched to the hospital’s administration block in show of solidarity for Dr Anyah.
According to them, the dismissal of the CEO will have dire consequences on the operations of the health facilities.
Holding placards with inscriptions like ‘Anyah Korle-Bu Needs U More’, ‘Honest CEO of All’, ‘Jesus Christ of Korle-Bu =Dr Anyah’ and others, the staff demanded the reinstatement of Dr Anyah as the CEO of the health facility.
“Agyeman Manu Korle-Bu Is Not A Gold Mine’, ‘Saboteurs We Know Your Schemes’, ‘Korle Bu CMT Hypocrites’ and ‘Mr Minister Dr Anyah Is Not Corrupt’ were some of the inscriptions targeted at the minister of health and people the staff believe have contributed to the decision by government.
Charles Ofei-Palm, president of the association, revealed that the association will take the necessary steps to get further clarification from the Presidency on the issue.
Dr Anyah’s removal from office comes a few days after his first anniversary as the CEO of the oldest teaching hospital in the country.
It is believed that Dr Anyah whose tenure was devoid of any scandals and agitation from staff was removed from office because the Public Services Commission (PSC) refused to approve his appointment as he had passed the statutory age of holding a public office, which is 60 years.
Three other CEOs of state institutions who were also given their marching orders on Wednesday were Paul Asare Ansah, Director General of the Ghana Ports & Harbour Authority (GPHA), Alfred Obeng Boateng of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) and Gifty Klenam, CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA).
The two deputies of the GEPA, Aliku Sayibu and Eric Amoako Twum, were also asked to leave their post.
The dismissals is part of a massive shake up which is expected to hit some state institutions and ministries in the coming days.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri & Juliana Naki Odonkor