Move away from asking people to step aside – Lecturer tells gov’t

Dr Johnson Asiama

A senior lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba, in the Central Region, Dr. Ahmed Jinapor has advised the government to move away from asking people to proceed on leave prematurely.

Dr. Jinapor said when the government took over about a year ago, people were asked to step aside and almost a year on, people are still being asked to step aside which is worrying.

The lecturer was commenting on the rumours that the Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Johnson Asiama, has been forced to step aside. This has however been discounted by the central bank.

Dr. Jinapor told TV3’s New Day host, Bright Nana Amfoh on Wednesday that if the rumour turns out to be true, “it should be a concern to Ghanaians in the public sector”.

“When the government took office, we heard of people being asked to step aside and I think we should move beyond the stage of people being asked to resign, people being forced out and people asked to leave”, he added.

“It is interesting because this is not the first time a governor of BoG is removed and that is a worry when tenureship of public sector workers is being tied to a political party”.

He said “I think as a country we have to take a stand as public office because if such a person is being forced aside, then there is a problem. We should have moved beyond people being asked to resign one year down the lane”.

Dr. Jinapor advised public sector workers to be cautious of their political affiliation since it can have serious implications on their career.

“Those of us at the public sector must be mindful of our affiliation. We have to be careful because you cannot eat your cake and have it. The civil or public servant must stay clear”, he added.

For Member of Parliament for Zabzugu Constituency in the Northern Region, Alhassan Umar, the situation is very worrying because it will scare investors away.

He said, “It is very worrying. Where is Ghana going to? Is Dr. Asiamah not Ghanaian? He went to school, serving his country and all of a sudden because he is having a party card he is being forced to move out?”

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP said “if I am an investor and I see that a country keeps, just after nine months, sacking people who are supposed to be in institutions, who are levelheaded are plucked out…and put your people in…why do I have to come and invest in that country”.

But for Richard Asante Yeboah, who is a National Communications Team Member of the NPP, “the person can be fired as a result of misconducts”.

By Kweku Antwi-Otoo|TV3|3news.com|Ghana

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