NPC Executive Director is being persecuted – Board members

Dr Leticia Appiah
Dr Leticia Appiah

The embattled Executive Director of the National population Council, Dr Leticia Appiah, is often undermined by some top members of the board of the Council, officials close to developments at the organisation, who want to remain anonymous, have said.

According to sources, there have been attempts over the last few months by some individuals to incite staff of the organisation against the Executive Director.

The board of the Council appears divided over the November 4 letter asking the Executive Director to proceed on terminal leave.

Documents seen by Daily Mail GH show that some staff of the organization openly declared their unwillingness to work with the executive director when she announced them as part of her management team last year. The decision by the staff was reportedly backed by some members of the board.

Some members of the board say the move was part of an attempt to get Dr. Appiah removed from office.

Citing an example of the alleged attempts, a board member who spoke to Daily Mail GH on condition of anonymity, referenced the decision of the board chair, Dr Gladys Ashitey, to testify against the executive director at CHRAJ in an impasse with a staff.

It will be recalled that, last week, following the terminal leave directive given the Executive Director by the board, another board member, Cecelia Senoo, told Accra-based Starr FM that the directive to the executive director is surprising to most board members.

“Some of us on the board have no idea that the Executive Director at the National Population Council has been asked to proceed on leave.”

She added: “How can you ask her to proceed on leave? Where do you want her to go? In any case, she was appointed by the President. I think we should have done the assessment, checked the gaps and then recommendations given to who appointed her.

“I know there are issues between the staff and the Executive Director which the board was supposed to address. From my point of view, we haven’t been able to address issues to ensure that things get back to normal. I think it’s been a failure. We must change things that won’t help the institution grow but they must be addressed objectively and holistically.”

Several calls and text messages to the board chair for her reaction to the claims have not been answered. Opera News is following development at NPC for more update.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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