The Minister of Works and Housing,Francis Asenso-Boakye, has refuted accusations that he meddled in the transfer of one Adubufour, a Customs officer stationed at the Tema Harbour, despite a disciplinary committee’s recommendation.
Recently, Captain Smart, the host of the “Maakye” morning show on an Accra-based Onua TV, stated that, Mr. Asenso-Boakye was involved in the transfer in relation to a matter concerning Ghana Revenue Authority and a Ghanaian company and a Ghanaian firm, Labianca Company Limited (GRA).
In a statement, Mr Asenso-Boakye explained that sometime in 2018, when he was a Deputy Chief of Staffat the Office of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, he received a phone call from some elders of his local community, Bantama in Kumasi.
He explained that the elders informed him of a proposed transfer of Mr. Adubufour, who felt that he was unfairly targeted for the dutiful performance of his functions as a Customs officer.
Mr Asenso-Boakye said he called the then Customs Boss to ascertain the veracity of the claim who denied that any such transfer was being considered.
â€œI conveyed this feedback to the elders and took no further interest in the matter. At no time in the course of my conversation with the Customs Boss or Captain Smart was I made aware of any disciplinary committee recommendation to transfer Mr. Adubofuor as was stated on by Captain Smart on his TV programmeâ€ he added.
He insisted that neither did he exert any undue influence on the Customs Boss to maintain Mr. Adubofour, â€œan authority I simply did not have, even if indeed, he was to be transferredâ€.
Mr Asenso-Boakye said in light of the above, he had instructed his lawyers to write to Captain Smart demanding retraction and apology and expressed the hope that would be done with dispatch and given equal prominence as with the false assertion made on his showâ€.
â€œAt all times in the discharge of my duties to our beloved country, I have operated with the highest standards of ethics and integrity and in full compliance with the law,â€ Mr Asenso-Boakye added.
â€œThe claims made by Captain Smart are false and without merit, and as a journalist, I was expecting him to conduct his work with the highest standard of integrity and truthfulness, much as is expected of all public servants and anyone seeking to promote good governance in the national interest,â€ he asserted.