January 25, 2019


A former Deputy Minister for Power under the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration, John Jinapor has raised concern about the continues interference in operations of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs).

According to him the phenomenon where succeeding governments kept removing Heads of strategic public firms does not augur well for the smooth running of those institutions for the attainment of meaningful outcomes for national development.

Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana show in the wake of the removal of the Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company Ltd, the Yapei/ Kusawgu Member of Parliament expressed disappointment in the decision which he said affects progress.

He was not happy Managing Directors of SOEs are mostly appointed before Boards of same institutions.
The MP noted that the direct appointment of Managing Directors, Chief Executive Officers and other top notch management positions by the President especially before the Boards must cease.

Mr John Jinapor urged the need for institutions to be built just like it is done in the private sector.

The unfortunate development at the Ghana Airport he noted manifested in the Ministry of Health where the CEO of the Tamale Teaching Hospital was removed without basis.

Other institutions which suffer same unfortunate politically motivated interferences include the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), School Feeding Programme among others.

The young lawmaker noted Ghana’s corporate governance structure is gradually getting worse saying legislation cannot be used to regulate everything but there is the need for common sense to guide all.

Christian Kpesese /ghanamps.com