Corrupt Officials PURC workers demand removal of Executive Secretary; lock out offices

According to reports, Mr Sarpong was under investigations for transferring about GH¢435,087 into his personal accounts and how those monies were expended

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Staff of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) have locked out its offices across the country demanding the immediate removal of the Executive Secretary, Samuel Sarpong.

This follows investigations into alleged misappropriation of funds by some officials of the Commission who were probed by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI).

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The actions of the staff at the commission follows a resolution reached by executive members of the workers’ union after a meeting on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

According to reports, Mr Sarpong was under investigations for transferring about GH¢435,087 into his personal accounts and how those monies were expended.

PURC Executive Secretary, Samuel Sarpong play

PURC Executive Secretary, Samuel Sarpong

 

Director of Public Relations and External Affairs, Nana Yaa Jantuah was also interrogated by the BNI on the GH¢120,000 she was reported to have spent on 350 hampers for Christmas.

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After interrogations, Nana Yaa Jantuah has submitted her resignation to the Commission.

In a memo addressed to Samuel Sarpong, she said she has resigned.

After months of investigations by the BNI into the alleged misappropriation of funds, according the Chief of Staff Akosua Frema Opare, the PURC staff are yet to hear any decisive action from the government while the embattled Executive Secretary stays at post.

 

"We have made a follow-up to the BNI and they said the investigation was commissioned by Chief of staff and they have forwarded the report to Chief of Staff. 

READ MORE: Nana Yaa Jantuah resigns

 

"The inaction is causing anxiety [because] the staff could resist whatever action that Mr. Sarpong could take adding that "all the staff at the head office cannot have access to their offices," Local Chairman of the PURC workers’ Union, Alhaji Abukari Jabaru told Accra-based Joy FM.

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