Frances Essiam quits office, warns of shadow of coming events


The Chief Executive officer of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited, Madam Frances Essiam has resigned from her post, apparently, angrily.

She has put in an official letter to that effect, addressed to President Akufo-Addo, copied to the Vice President, Chief of Staff, Minister of Energy and Board of GCMCL on February 23.

The presidency has already announced one Madam Genevieve Sackey as her replacement.

“In all humility and respect, I wish to inform you of my resignation as the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited (GCMCL),” portions of Madam Essiam’s letter read.

She expressed her appreciation for the confidence reposed in her to head the company and wished the government well in its endeavours.

“I thank you for having the confidence in me to appoint and reappoint me from 2017. I wish the government well in all its future endeavours,” she said.

In an interview with JoyNews, Madam Essiam said, she resigned of her own volition.

Although she did not deny that certain things might have informed her decision to resign, she said “I have resigned honourably from GCMCL as Chief Executive Officer. When the president appointed me, he did not give a reason so I also would not like to come up with any reason for the resignation at this stage.”

However, she indicated that Energy Minster, Matthew Opoku Prempeh was currently running the activities of Ghana Cylinder.

“All I can say is Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister for Energy… that he is actually in charge of Ghana cylinder as we talk. I resigned of my own volition, nobody can force me,” she stressed.

Madam Essiam was appointed by President Akufo-Addo in May 2017 and has since headed the company until her present resignation.

In 2018, she was suspended as CEO following a disagreement with members of the board of the company.

Subsequently, the president retained her to continue as CEO of the company.

In 2012, she tried but failed to annex the Adentan Constituency parliamentary seat as she lost the elections to the National Democratic Congress’ Emmanuel Nii Ashie Moore.

In 2016, she was defeated in the NPP primaries by the incumbent MP for Adentan, Yaw Buaben Asamoa. Before joining the NPP. Ms Essiam was the National Women’s Organiser for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Later on Friday afternoon on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sem programme, a furious Frances Essiam alluded to certain happenings at her post, including her doubts about the letter from the presidency relieving her of her post, and warned that her resignation could be likened to ‘coming events casting their shadow.


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