Mr. Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh, Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), has called the bluff of Mr. Kwabena Nsenkyire, who claims he is currently the acting Ashanti Regional Director of the organisation.
Mr. Nsenkyire, who also doubles as the Ashanti Regional First Vice Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), was due to go on retirement in March last year, but he is still in office.
Even though Mr. Nsenkyire has admitted he attained the retirement age last year, the former Ashanti Regional NADMO Director has refused to proceed on retirement, in line with the provision of Article 199 of the 1992 Constitution, which prescribes mandatory retirement at 60 years for all public servants.
He claims he is currently serving in an acting capacity as the Ashanti Regional Director of the organisation at the instance of the Office of the President, Vice President and Chief of Staff, under whose directives he was given a two-year contract.
He, therefore, claims he reports directly to the Office of the Vice President, from where he derives his powers and authority, a situation which explains the current feud between him and his boss.
But the NADMO Director General, in setting the records straight, in reaction to accusations during Hello FM’s Kokrokoo morning show yesterday, said emphatically that Mr. Nsenkyire is not a staff of NADMO.
“For now, I can authoritatively say he is not a staff member of NADMO,” he told Hello FM listeners.
He said it was unfortunate that the Ashanti Regional First Vice Chairman of the NPP could go on radio and accuse him (D-G) of incompetence, when the President had recently recommended him and equipped the organisation to effectively operate ahead of the rains.
Nana Agyeman Prempeh said the non-payment of salary claimed by Mr. Nsenkyire goes to explain that he is not a staff member, because he retired last year.
The Director-General also denied knowledge of any such extended contract for Nsenkyire, and said he was abusing the provisions of the Constitution, and that even if Mr. Nsenkyire has applied for an extension of time on contract, it had not been approved because it is a process.
According to him, in March last year, Mr. Nsenkyire took ‘French leave’ and travelled to the United States without permission, for which reason an Acting Regional Director, in the person of Daniel Kweku Bentil, was appointed to handle preparations for the Independence Day parade in Kumasi.
The NADMO D-G, however, said he was yet to report the conduct and utterances of Mr. Nsenkyire to the Interior Minister for the appropriate sanctions to be taken against him.