The Founder of Pressure Group OccupyGhana, Nana Akwasi Awuah has been appointed by President Akufo-Addo as Managing Director (Ag) of Ghana’s premier jewel assaying company Precious Minerals Marketing Company Ltd (PMMC), MyNewsGh.com has authoritatively confirmed.
The former OccupyGhana activist is now the official who assays or approves all gold and other precious minerals meant to leave the shores of Ghana under the auspices of the PMMC for export across the world.
Nana Akwasi Awuah was leading a socio-political amd supposed non-partisan pressure and watchdog group to oppose the country’s increasing corruption, abuse of incumbency, and unequal distribution of wealth and public resources under the John Mahama administration.
Nana Akwasi Awuah therefore led a group of middle class professionals, notably lawyers, teachers, doctors, students, researchers, bankers, journalists to stage a non-partisan protests against corruption and the bad economy among other issues.
The organization began as a loose online community using the hashtag #occupyflagstaffhouse and moderated by a few volunteers calling themselves “The Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance,” (CCGRG).
With this juicy appointment now coming to light, it explains why the front of the group has been disunited with accusations of betrayal trumpeted by some former Occupiers including a think tank boss who is also allegedly being “sorted” by a big appointee in government from Ashanti Region who was in a major scandal recently, a source hinted MyNewsGh.com.
The group is now largely defunct reduced to issuing press statements that social media and members of the public at large no longer take serious.
Other persons who have spoken against the “selfish interest” of the group include Aplus and Lydia Forson.
Salary increment as first PMMC Board move
While the latest appointment of Mr. Nana Akwasi Awuah is news, the truth is that he was first appointed (quietly) as the Board Secretary of the PMMC in 2017 when Akufo-Addo came to power.
Surprisingly, as Secretary of the board, the OccupyGhana man supported an upward adjustments in allowances over 700% for the chairman and the board members against Finance Ministry’s order at the time.
In fact as Board Secretary, Mr. Akwasi Awuah wrote a memo dated August 28, 2018, with the title: “Revised Board Fees And Allowances/Board Secretary Allowance”, in which Nana Akwasi Awuah, according to a Graphic report directed the then PMMC MD Mr Kwadjo Opare-Hammond, to “take note” of the huge adjustment.
Many have wondered how Nana Akwasi Awuah will conduct himself in office now that he is the Acting Managing Director of the PMMC. Nana Akwasi Awuah’s appointment with Board approval followed the death of Mr. Opare Hammond in 2019.
This appointment will most likely rile some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who have not been sorted after years of toil for the party to come to power, when all the juiciest jobs go to “neutral strangers”.
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