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South Dayi MP sues Railways Authority CEO

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Yaw Owusu, CEO of GRDA

South Dayi Member of Parliament (MP), Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, has taken legal action against the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Railway Development Authority, Yaw Owusu. 

Mr Dafeamekpor is challenging the extension of Mr Owusu's post-retirement contract beyond the maximum five-year engagement period allowed by the Constitution.

The MP contends that the CEO is not entitled to the purported one-year post-retirement contract extension, spanning from December 18, 2023, to December 17, 2024. 

Among other reliefs, he seeks the revocation of the one-year post-retirement extension.

In the filed writ, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP requested the court to make declarations based on the interpretation of Article 199(4) of the 1992 Constitution as amended by the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana (Amendment) Act, 1996.

The declarations included limitations on the engagement of public servants, the duration of post-retirement contracts for retired public service officers, and the alleged violation of the Constitution by the CEO in accepting the extension.

The other reliefs sought by Mr Dafeamekpor include pointing out a previous two-year post-retirement contract extension granted to the CEO, referencing a letter from the Ministry of Finance dated August 5, 2022, which suspended approvals for post-retirement contracts, except in cases of critical skills shortages.

The legal action follows concerns raised by the MP over the extension of Mr Owusu's contract, alleging a breach of Constitutional provisions regarding the tenure of public servants. 

The case aims to clarify and rectify the extension of the CEO's post-retirement contract, questioning its validity within the constitutional framework.

Source: Mensah