The Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Kofi Osei Ameyaw has been asked to proceed on retirement by President NanaAkufo-Addo
A letter from the Jubilee House on March 10 signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediaduo, said the one year contract given to Mr Osei Ameyaw has expired on 20 February 2021.
“Upon reaching the compulsory retirement age of 60 years on February 2020, the President of the Republic, by letter dated September 3, 2020, under my hand, granted you a one-year contract of service as Director-General of the National Lottery Authority,” the letter read in part.
It further explained, “The one year contract elapsed on February 20, 2021, and, therefore, you are retired on that date.”
The letter from Jubilee House also directed Mr. Osei Ameyaw to hand over all matters relating to his office to the Finance Director of the Authority,, Mr. Ernesr Mortey.
“Accordingly, you are directed to hand over to Mr. Ernest Mortey, the Finance Director of the Authority, who shall act as the Director-General of the Authority pending the appointment of a substantive Director-General. You are further directed to proceed to collect any terminal benefits or facilities due you under the relevant law.”
This was after Mr Osei Ameyaw wrote to the presidency reminding the office of his end of contract date.
The president also announced the termination of the appointment of Mr. Osei Ameyaw’s deputy, Mr. Yaw Amoakohene Baafi.
NLA staff demand removal of DG
The local union of the Financial Business Services Employees Union (FBSEU), of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) chapter, appealed to President Akufo-Addo not to extend the contract of the Authority’s Director-General, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw on Monday, March 1, 2021.
“On behalf of the entire members of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) Local Union of Financial Business and Services Employees Union (FBSEU), we congratulate you for successful re-election into the High Office of Ghana for the next four years.
Among other things, the staff demanded the non-renewal of Mr Osei Ameyaw’s contract, is over the non-payment of big wins across the country, operational challenges due to non-payment of fees owed service providers have resulted in the shutdown of Vodafone service to all regional and district offices outside the head office, absence of industrial democracy and disregard for the welfare of staff as well as, abuse of power and conflict of interest.
“The overall effect of the actions and inactions of the Board of Directors, the Director-General and his team on the Authority’s finances is that Revenues of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) has sunk to an all-time low and continues to drop day-by-day as there is no redemption of same in-sight whilst the morale of the Staff has also dwindled drastically.”
“As concerned Workers and most importantly Ghanaians, we are by this letter, appealing to your Excellency as the father of The Nation who has proven to be a listening President over the years and has the country at heart not to fall into any deceptive manoeuvres by any person or group of persons or members of the outgoing Board of Directors or the Director-General and his team, seeking for reappointment or to renew their mandate.”
‘It is abundantly clear that they have jointly run down the National Lottery Authority (NLA) over the past four (4) years and that any move to renew their appointment will incur the displeasure of the Staffs and Lotto Marketing Companies and create an unhealthy Industrial Atmosphere in an important National Asset such as the National Lottery Authority (NLA),” the staff said.
The staff’s Demands
“We need a new Board of Directors and Director – General with a good track record in management to overturn the misfortunes we have experienced under the outgoing Board of Directors, the Director-General and his team.”
“We also request that an Independent Investigative Body be appointed to conduct a forensic audit into how the National Lottery Authority (NLA) was managed over the past four (4) years to bring it so low in terms of Revenue Generation.”
“Respectfully be assured that we are prepared as a Local Union, to work in harmony with any new team your Excellency will appoint to man the affairs of Authority in the best interest of our beloved country.”
By; Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana