Sarah Adwoa Safo, the Minister of Gender and Social Protection, appears to be in serious difficulty after failing to report to the government two weeks after returning from an extended leave outside of Ghana.
According to reports, the minister has not returned to her office to continue work two weeks after arriving in the nation to have the government’s 2022 budget statement approved by Parliament.
Adwoa Safo has thus “been given a final ultimatum to return to work or be dismissed from her ministerial job,” according to the article.
The Dome-Kwabenya MP sought to fly out of the country surreptitiously, according to the report, but the President afterwards issued an executive order prohibiting all travel out of the country by his ministers and their deputies.
Cecilia Abena Dapaah temporarily filled Adwoa Safo’s post at the Gender Ministry while she was on annual vacation.
There were a number of contentious issues that engulfed the ministry before she left, and Adwoa Safo, as a sector minister, made decisions that were later reversed by the Presidency.
Gertrude Quashigah’s employment as the National Coordinator of Ghana’s School Feeding Program was cancelled by the Gender Minister in May 2021.
The School Feeding Coordinatoror was asked to hand over documents and government property in her care to the Chief Director of the Gender Ministry in a letter dated Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
“As required in your contract agreement, you will be given one month’s salary in lieu of notice,” the letter stated.
“We appreciate your assistance in carrying out the mandate of the Ghana School Feeding Programme during this time,” it continued.
Despite the fact that no cause for the contract termination was offered, Asaase radio quoted a person from the Gender Ministry who made a number of complaints against Gertrude Quashigah.
“There are a number of concerns plaguing the program under her leadership, including nonpayment of caterers, a strained working relationship with the program’s directors and her deputy, and adopting unilateral decisions without contacting the minister,” the source continued.
According to available information, Sarah Adwoa Safo was afterwards urged to restore the School Feeding Coordinator immediately or face being fired.
Adwoa Safo wrote a follow-up letter, claiming that the previous letter dismissing Gertrude Quashigah was “an administrative error.”