Mr. Kwabena Nsenkyire, the Ashanti Regional NADMO Director, has refused to proceed on retirement in line with the provisions of Article 199 of the 1992 Constitution which prescribes a mandatory retirement age of 60 years for all public servants.
The NADMO boss who also doubles as the Ashanti Regional First Vice Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) was due to retire at age 60 in March 2020 but has still remained at post.
In March last year, Mr. Nsenkyire took a French leave and travelled to the USA without handing over his office to the Administrator, Mr. Attakora Kodua as prescribed by law.
As a result of his refusal to proceed on retirement, it is causing uneasy calm at the regional secretariat where his two deputy Regional Directors, Madam Margaret Owusu and Ernest Yaw Amoah are still taking orders from him as a retired regional director of NADMO.
But the NADMO boss has denied holding public office unlawfully claiming that his services have been extended in a two-year contract as a Regional Director in acting capacity.
Mr. Nsenkyire refuted allegations that he has refused to hand over the administration or vacate the office as the Ashanti Regional Director having retired in March 2020.
He however admitted that though he has attained the retirement age, but he is currently serving in an acting capacity as the Ashanti regional Director of the organization at the behest of the Presidency and the Chief of Staff under whose directives he was given the two years contract. He even showed a letter received via EMS with the stamp of the presidency addressed to him since February 4, 2021 as proof to back his continued stay in office.
He also claimed that he now reports directly to the Office of the Vice President from where he derives his power of authority, a situation which explains the current feud between him and his subordinates.
The embattled regional director upon enquiry has produced receipt of an Expedited Mail Service (EMS) of the Ghana Post from the Office of the Vice President addressed to him on February 4, 2021.
He also showed Mr. Nsenkyire in an attempt to provide evidence of the source of his appointment as acting Regional director also produced a self-addressed envelope with the stamp of “Office of the Vice president” as proof of the contract and purported extension of service as the acting Regional Director of NADMO I the Ashanti region.
But sources from the office of the Director-General of NADMO have denied knowledge of any such extended contract for Mr. Nsenkyire, suggestive of the fact that he is only abusing the provisions of the Constitution and refusing to retire at age 60.
It will be recalled that only a few days ago, the former Auditor-General, Mr. Domelevo was retired by the President because it had come to his notice that he (Domelevo) had passed the retirement age of 60 since March 2020.
A similar situation now plagues the Ashanti Regional Office of NADMO.