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GNPC CEO dragged to Supreme Court over retirement age

The Supreme Court is expected to hear a case challenging the capacity of the Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong to stay in office.

In a writ filed by a private citizen Eric Edem Agbana, the apex court has been asked to declare that the Chief Executive’s continuous stay in office breaches Article 199(1) and (4) of the 1992 constitution.

Article 199 (1) states that: “A public officer shall, except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, retire from the public service on attaining the age of sixty years”

Article 199 (4) states that: “The President may, subject to such conditions as he thinks fit delegate some of his functions under this article by directions in writing to the Police Council or to a committee or to a member of the Council”.

The plaintiff is, therefore, seeking reliefs which include an order for the GNPC boss to resign immediately from his position and also cough up all salaries allowances and benefits he obtained from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation from the date of attaining the age of sixty – five years to date.

Dr K.K Sarpong was appointed CEO in February 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant with over thirty years’ experience at senior management level in over eight (8) companies. 

He has served on the Boards of twenty-one (21) different companies and organizations.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline | EAppiah

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