‘I was relieved due to my age; I wasn’t sacked’ – Anyaah clarifies

Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com |Abubakar Ibrahim |abubakar.ibrahim@myjoyonline.com
Date: 11th-june-2018 Time:  8:45:59 pm

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The immediate past Acting Director of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital says he is pleased that government has clarified the reason why he was relieved of his duty.

Dr Felix Anyaah disclosed that he did not do anything wrong to merit a dismissal, adding he was only relieved of his position because of his age.

He told Joy News’ Parker Wilson at a sending off Monday that, that it is wrong to for anyone to say he has been “dismissed” since his employer knew retirement age very well.

“I heard all sorts of speculations but whatever be the reason, I was there as a servant ready to serve. Government clearing the air that I was sacked due to my age was okay,” he said.

There has been a lot of speculations after President Akufo-Addo included the owner of Holy Trinity Hospital and Spa in the list of CEOs who were relieved of their duties last Wednesday.  

He was appointed in May 2017.

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Dr Felix Anyaah

The reasons for the termination of his appointment were not immediately known, although his contract cancellation came in the wake of seeming waves of dismissal of CEOs of state agencies by the President.

Already, the Managing Director of the Bulk Oil and Storage Transport (BOST), Alfred Obeng Boateng; CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Gifty Klenam; MD of the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GHAPOHA), Paul Ansah have all been sacked by President Akufo-Addo last Wednesday.

One of the reasons for his sacking was the termination of the hospital’s onsite banking contract with Unibank in which two deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso Boateng and Samuel Abu Jinapor intervened to get it reversed.

Following from that, musician and one-time aide of Dr Anyaa, Kwame Asare Obeng [aka A Plus], engaged the two in a social media spat, which ended at the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters and they were later cleared.

Some people believe the bad blood may have lingered and contributed to Dr Anyaa’s sacking, although there was no official communication to that effect.

But speaking at the ceremony where he also handed over to the Director of Medical Affairs Dr Samuel Asiamah, Dr Anyaah said he is happy the reasons for his contract termination have been made clear.

“I believe the media using dismissed and sacked was the printers devil. Government has come out to clarify that it is not what it intended to say because dismissal means the person would have done something wrong,” he told Joy News’ Kwesi Parker Wilson.

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Protesting KBTH workers

Workers of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) have protested his removal arguing he brought remarkable changes at the hospital.

“He is a loving CEO and unlike others, we have had in the past, Dr Anyaah has the interest of the hospital at heart and is not looting our coffers like some of his predecessors,” one of them said.

“Dr Anyaah has brought stability and championed development at Korle Bu so we do not understand why he has been given the boot,” another worker said.

Dr Anyaah said trials like being relieved of his duties at Korle Bu is part of what God has planned for him.

The staunch Christian said God is in control adding he is not in any way bitter with the President’s decision. 

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