Forestry Commission boss and former General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP), Lawyer Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie popularly known as Sir John has finally admitted he lacks tact in his speech and is calling on elders of the party to help him address his “childish” communication style, MyNewsGh.com can report.
Sir John appeared on an exclusive interview on Okay FM in Accra to address some of the issues that have bedevilled his forestry sector where hundreds of thousands of Youth in Afforestation and other schemes of the commission are calling for his head for non-payment of allowances seven months into their jobs.
“I am a child, I dont know how to talk, I know. But I am begging the elders to prompt us when we go wrong” he said.
He expressed appreciation to the media for not upholding the what he called in Twi “The Pull-Sir-John-Down” agenda aimed at making him unpopular in order to get the president to sack him as boss of the lucrative Forestry Commission where some chiefs have accused him and Wontumi of using the Commissions’ Land Reclamation exercise to undertake galamsey in the forests. All these are are accusations Sir John has categorically denied.
Only last week, Picketing youth employed under the Forestry Commission staged a demonstration at the Achimota Head office of the Commission demanding they be paid for eight months of work and calling on the President to sack Sir John for incompetence.
The beneficiaries say they want their allowances to be paid in full before the end of the year.
This is not the first time they’re embarking on such protests across the country against Sir John.
They are also asking for his removal from office as the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission. They have accused him of incompetence after several unfulfilled promises to ensure they’re paid.
One of the beneficiaries said that, “We’ve not been paid for about 7 months up to now, and Sir John is going round telling radio and TV stations that we’ve been paid. We want him to go.”
Another beneficiary, who was visibly agitated over the matter said, “We are very frustrated. How can you work with people since July and you’ve not paid us. Anytime we come here, they don’t give us the listening ear.”
“Some even started as far as April and they have not even received 1 cedi,” another beneficiary said.
Other beneficiaries said they believe the Commission’s head is deliberately ignoring their concerns, and yet goes around boasting about employing many of them.
Since September 2018, the beneficiaries have been staging various protests over their unpaid allowance which they said let has left them in a dire financial situation.
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