President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered Mr. Kofi Osei Ameyaw, the Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), to proceed on retirement.
This directive comes after Mr. Ameyaw wrote to the President on March 9, 2021, reminding him of the end of his contract date of February 20, 2021.
However, the deputy NLA Director-General, Mr. Yaw Amoakohene Baafi has had his contract terminated by the President.
These orders were contained in separate letters signed by Nana Bediatuo Asante and addressed to both men respectively.
Mr. Ameyaw’s letter reads: “Upon reaching the compulsory retirement age of sixty years on 20th February 2020, the President of the Republic, by a letter under my hand dated September 3, 2020, granted you a one-year contract of service as Director-General of the National Lottery Authority. The one-year contract lapsed on 20th February 2021, and therefore you are retired on that date”.
He has also been directed to hand over to the Finance Director of the Authority, Mr. Ernest 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.”
With Mr. Yaw Amoakohene Baafi, his letter stated that: “Due to the re-organisation of the Authority, I am to inform you that the President has terminated your appointment with immediate effect. You are directed to proceed to collect your terminal benefits in lieu of notice”.
This development comes on the back of agitations by the staff union of the NLA who threatened on March 1 to withdraw their services as a protest against what they claimed to be attacks on employees due to failure of the Authority to pay funds due winners of lottery draws nationwide.