President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, a former New Patriotic Party (NPP) general secretary, popularly known as Sir John, as the chief executive officer of the Forestry Commission.
It was widely speculated that Akufo-Addo would name Sir John as the director general of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
But the president chose Paul Ansah for the job instead.
The development drew strong condemnation from supporters of Sir John, who threatened to embark on a demonstration for what they said was Akufo-Addo's unfair treatment of the die-hard former general secretary.
Sir John himself raised the possibility that some powerful elements at the seat of government were conspiring to deny him an appointment.
The news that Sir John has been chosen to head the Forestry Commission will, therefore, come as a welcome relief to Sir John and many of his supporters.
The commission’s function is to create, protect and manage the permanent forest estates and protected areas in the various ecological zones of the country to conserve Ghana’s biophysical heritage, prepare and implement integrated forest and wildlife management plans for the maintenance of the environment to the benefit of all segments of society and to regulate the harvesting of timber, wildlife and other non-timber forest products.
Meanwhile, Henry Kwabena Kokofu, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Bantama in the Ashanti Region who had reportedly been chosen for the Forestry Commission job before sir John was appointed, has said that he does not feel disappointed.
"Sir John is my senior at law and a senior member of the party. I will call him to congratulate him. Appointments are the sole prerogative of the president who knows who is best for which job to help his administration," he said.
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