The appointment of the Deputy Director of finance in charge of revenue mobilization and monitoring at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital has been questioned.
A letter written by Awuni Akyireba; an Account Officer at the Hospital to the Board Chairman of the Hospital and copied to the Minister of Health, Head of Civil Service Commission, Ashanti Regional Minister and Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector Reforms outlined several reasons and gave piece of evidence that throws into question the suitability of Ms. Emmaline Anti for the position she occupies.
The letter is also demanding a probe into her appointment and other issues related to her functions in her current position.
Mr. Awuni Akyireba explains that Madam Emmaline Anti “woefully lacks the required academic training and professional qualification as spelt out in the internal advertisement upon which she was recruited”.
He contends the academic programme Ms. Anti read in the KNUST Business School does not qualify her for her current position.
He says she is clueless as far as her job is concerned and her inability to do her job has “hamstrung the hospital’s finances”.
Mr. Akyireba also touches on the behaviour of Ms. Anti which he believes is not contributing well to the effective running of the financial outfit of the hospital. “The Deputy Director of Finance in charge of Revenue Mobilisation exhibits arrant counter productive work attitude by holding irrepressible grudges against her subordinates as she has effusively demonstrated the repulsive attitude to almost all accounts officers and to me in particular in denying me legitimate annual leaves since I started working under her for the past seven years without opportunity to defer same”.
Please read the details of the letter below:
P. O. Box 1939
Emergency Medicine Directorate
25th December, 2017
Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,
EMMALINE ANTI, AND A PROBE INTO WHY THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, FINANCIAL REPORTING AND EXPENDITURE CONTROL STILL VACANT.
On the principle of service for our money’s worth or what is commonly termed as value for money and as an anti graft purveyor and a Chartered Forensic Accountant , I feel much concerned and equally believe that the circumstances under which the above named officer was appointed ought to raise the hackles of all patriotic, peace and democracy loving Ghanaians. As to how she got ceded primacy in the recruitment for the job opportunity in the accounts department remains a puzzle for the simple reason that the officer woefully lacks the required academic training and professional qualification as spelt out in the internal advertisement upon which she was recruited (a copy of the advertisement is herein attached for your reading)
1.On the 1st of August 2013, the HR department released an advertisement with reference number KATH/HR/63 to fill the vacancies of the Deputy Director, Revenue Mobilisation and Monitoring and Deputy Director, Financial Reporting and Expenditure Control among others for prospective applicants to apply. The advert lasted for seven days after which candidates were invited for interview but as of the time of this petition- close to five years now; the position for the Deputy Director, Financial Reporting and Expenditure Control has yet to be filled, quite flabbergasting, isn’t it?
2. Anti Emmaline who is currently occupying the office of the Deputy Director in charge of Revenue Mobilisation was my senior at the post graduate studies level at KSB, KNUST whose major study area was Strategic Management and Consulting (Extract of graduation list showing her area of specialty herein attached) and she graduated as such and therefore bereft of the sound accounting and finance training required to handle the office of the Deputy Director, Revenue Mobilisation and Monitoring. As an added advantage to the recognised academic training for the position, as per the advert, was a professional qualification in the area of professional accounting bodies such as ACCA/CA/CIMA/CIPFA which my checks indicate that she is not a qualified member of the above professional bodies nor has passed or got to the final parts of same. This smarty-pants has, absolutely, no such required academic training and professional credibility and the required training to handle the office except for her raw animosity. Of course, she knows that she is a long shot; for, she never distinguished herself either as the hospital’s chief fiscal adviser or the accidental pinch-hitting finance director’s second-bananas.
3.Anti Emmaline is academically and professionally inadequate and clueless, giving the deficiency I have established in point 2 above, for which reason her outfit has abysmally failed the hospital in its bid to raise adequate revenue to meet the needs of the hospital and thus hamstrung the hospital’s finances. This assertion is correct based on a throwback that I, as a national welfare representative of the health service workers’ union, heard when I was selected by local union in the hospital among other members of the union to meet management on the negotiation of salaries of IGF staffs after they have been denied of their salary increase by the hospital for two years and the prosaic bases of the denial as put out by the extant Director of Finance, Elvis Kusi,was that the hospital lacks finance to cater for the IGF staffs for which reason they are denied of any salary increase every two years until new negotiations are opened by the local union branch of the health service workers’ union.
4.The Deputy Director of Finance in charge of Revenue Mobilisation exhibits arrant counter productive work attitude by holding irrepressible grudges against her subordinates as she has effusively demonstrated the repulsive attitude to almost all accounts officers and to me in particular in denying me legitimate annual leaves since I started working under her for the past seven years without opportunity to defer same.
What is more, she has demonstrated her malafides or bad faith in keeping performance appraisals of most workers deemed to be in her black book or her adversaries especially accounts officers without signing them for onward despatch to the HR department.Printed list of employees who for a period of years had not submitted their appraisal forms for evaluation and promotional assessment revealed this.
5.Some workers under her, especially me, have been denied promotions for seven good years; starting from the date of my employment and this dumps the spirit and the enthusiasm required to work, satisfactorily, to help make a meaningful impact on the quality of service the hospital ought to offer to the public it serves and that has an apocalyptic repercussions on the hospitals performance as a whole.
6.Nana Chairman,the hospital will collapse should the practice of nepotism, favouritism and cronyism be allowed to fester as this phenomenon has the tendency to wrack the enthusiasm and the spiritedness and motivation of workers who work themselves to a frazzle with the hope that when they develop themselves, they will be offered a more challenging and rewarding role to play.
The practice stifles hardwork and personal development and innovation and that can have dire consequences on the only tertiary hospital in the Ashanti region.
7.A probe into why the office of the Deputy Director in charge of Expenditure Control is still vacant is highly perforce and continues to baffle me as there are many academically and professionally qualified staff accountants to occupy. Nana Chairman, the combined effect of fielding an unqualified personnel and not recruiting for a vacant office, is in itself, constitute a financial loss to the hospital and thus need your urgent attention and resolution to enable the hospital get equipped with the right calibre of personnel for the right office for it to function in full throttle so that we maximise the human resource of the hospital.
8.there is no gainsaying the fact that the public sector deserves better and KATH is no exception and has to be given the eagle-eyed attention to enable it function effectively and efficiently hence it will be appropriate and apposite for your outfit to thoroughly scrutinise and interrogate every process in this organised contretemps in their bid to hold on to the regressive clutches of the hospital and make effort so that anybody found complicit of any felony is made to face their condign comeuppance to discourage such acts of near-certain spirit-killing attitude.
9.As public accountability interested person, I am more than well togged upon the advice of the panoply of my counsel to see through this process even to the high court for judicial review on this invidiously calculated act of organised nepotism at the disinterest of the public but to exhaust the internal mechanisms. I trust your judgement and trust your knack at dealing with the matter expeditiously to ascertain wrongdoing or otherwise to help save the hospital and save the public purse. All is well that ends well, a felicitous moment for you to have a crunch time over the future fortunes and management and development of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Nana Chairman.
10.Nana Chairman,is it not remarkably striking that for the period of four years thus since 1st August, 2013, that the advert for the positions of deputy directors of the accounts department were published, the hospital has not found a suitable person to fill the position of the deputy director in charge of expenditure control?
What needs assessment did the HR do before putting out the advert in 2013 and have they met the need that for years on end they have not found a suitable person for the position?
Chairman, there is a dynasty at the accounts department which continuous function will keep the hospital in a stark stagnation and has to be broken to allow new fresh ideas and progressive thinking and dynamic chaps to fill the right positions to move the hospital from its state of inertia to realise its dream of becoming a centre of excellence.
The rife perception is that the position is preserved for a crony who has yet to qualify to fill the office. The directors of the accounts department is running the unit as if it were their privately established enterprise immune from the scrutiny of the public and that smacks of a quintessential rank administrative corruption that has to be kept in check.
Please, have the assurances of my highest esteem and surveillance.
Yours in the service of Ghana
Cc: Minister of Health
Head, Civil Service Commission
Ashanti Regional Minister
Chief Executive Officer, Public Sector Reforms