Supreme Court strikes out suit against K.K. Sarpong over retirement age

A seven-member Supreme Court tribunal has filed an application against the Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Dr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong, by an opposition National Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress ( NDC), Edem Agbana.

Mr Agbana ‘s action was to demand Dr. KK Sarpong ‘s resignation after reaching the retirement age of 65 to stay in office.

His counsel Kisi Adjabeng withdrawn the suit in court on Wednesday, when the matter was put before the tribunal headed by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah.

Subsequently it was taken out as disabled.

The claimant argues that the continued existence of Dr. Sarpong in office after passing the retirement threshold is an violation of Article 199(1) and (4) of the Constitution.

Agbana prays to the court to compel Dr. Sarpong to pay back all the wages, allowances and benefits he received from the GNPC after he reached the retirement date.

He also wants an order requiring Dr. Sarpong “to resign from his position as CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation immediately.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo named Dr. Sarpong as GNPC’s Acting Chief Executive Officer in February 2017;

He succeeded Alex Mould who had been CEO of the company since 2013.

Dr. Sarpong was one of eight state CEOs who were expected to retire by March 2019 because they had exceeded the mandatory retirement age.

They were officially instructed by the Presidency to continue on retirement.

The other CEOs involved were 67-year-old Eugene Ofosuhene of the Controller and Accountant General, 68-year-old Maxwell Kofi Jumah of the Ghana Industrial Holding Company (GIHOC), 67-year-old Isaac Osei of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), 67-year-old Kwame Owusu of the Ghana Maritime Authority, 65-year-old Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie of the Forestry Commission, 65-year-old Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare of the Ghana Maritime Authority

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