Oye Lithur Attacked At PAC Meeting

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Nana Oye Lithur

There was drama at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sitting yesterday when an angry-looking former director of the department of children at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection barged into the conference room where the sitting was taking place to accuse the Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, of arbitrarily interdicting her and putting someone else in her place.

Madam Mariama Yahaya, who still describes herself as the substantive director of the department, was cited in the Auditor General’s report of 2013 that she had spent GH¢14,000 as a former director without any documentation to cover it. But Madam Yahaya, who heard her name mentioned on the live programme as having failed to produce proper documents on that money, quickly rushed to the place and said that she was locked out of her office by the minister without being allowed to take anything belonging to her.

“I had travelled to Kumasi for an official assignment and when I returned the locks to my office had been changed and I was not allowed to enter the office again because the minister said she had interdicted me,” she said.

She told the committee that she was surprised at the directive of Nana Oye Lithur because she was not the one who appointed her.

“I was appointed by the president in consultation with the Civil Service Council and the Public Services Commission; and the minister wrongly interdicted me without giving me access to collect all my things from the office,” she said, adding that as far as the expenditure of the GH¢14,000 was concerned, she had all the receipts covering it locked up in the office and since she was not given the opportunity to enter it again, she could not provide those receipts to the auditors.

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According to the former director, the money was spent on interviews she conducted and migration to Programme Plus.

She said if she was given the chance to access the office, she could provide the necessary receipts covering the expenditure.

The chairman of the committee, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, asked Oye Lithur when she could give the former director access to retrieve those receipts from the office, and the minister said anytime from next week, possibly on Monday.

Madam Mariama Yahaya later told the media that she had taken the minister to court over the arbitrary termination of her appointment.

A member of PAC and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Asunafo North, Robert Sarfo-Mensah, told DAILY GUIDE that the allegations made against Nana Oye Lithur were very serious and therefore called on the Public Services Commission and the Civil Service Council to institute investigations into them.

He said such arbitrariness was becoming too much at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and that those bodies must do their independent investigations and take the necessary action in line with the rules and regulations.

By Thomas Fosu Jnr

Source GhanaPlus.com

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