A memo from GCB Bank, indicates that some staff of the state-owned bank, have secured a court injunction on attempts to sack them, because they did not obtain credits in English and Mathematics in their WASSCE, prior to their employment.
The memo, dated May 13, 2019, and titled “Report of Pre-tertiary Certificates of 2017 Clerical New Hires” was from the Human Resource Department of the bank to the Deputy Managing Director, Operations.
“Per the proposed roadmap, the appointments of those who do not possess the minimum of a credit in English and Mathematics ought to be terminated,” the memo said.
In the memo, the HR Department, therefore, recommended a temporal hold on the move to sack those workers until the court case is determined.
The HR Department, said in the meantime, they are putting measures in place to do minimal recruitment to ensure that in the event of the terminations, branch operations would not be affected.
Adom News, reached out to the bank’s Corporate Communications Department, but they declined to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, Labour Expert, Yiadom Boakye told Adom News, if the affected workers were required to submit their WASSCE results at the time of their appointment and they failed to, or lied about it, then the bank is within its rights to take them on now.
“But if those results were not required from them and the bank is only doing that now in spite of the fact that they have been working for the bank all this while without any issues, then it is totally unethical for the bank to sack them based on WASSCE results,” he said.
The current workers, are not alone, hoping for the bank’s integrity to be preserved by the board, as well as BoG, their former colleagues, who were relieved of their job under some bizarre circumstances, allegedly schemed by Mr Amankwah, are equally upset about the animal farm situation.
Per the laws of Ghana, public servant after attaining the age of 60, proceeds on pension, but in the case of the deputy MD, documents available to The Herald, including his passports and SSNIT card, indicates that Mr Amankwah, has altered his age many times allowing him to stay in office for more years.
These documents which include that of the bank’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) report give different dates of birth, corroborating earlier information that indeed, Mr Amankwah, has been dishonest as a senior officer of the bank.
Currently, per the GCB’s records, the Deputy MD, is 59-years of age, but two other documents namely, a biometric Ghanaian passport and SSNIT card, put his age at 63 and 64 years, respectively.
The expectation of the workers are that, since the news of the Deputy MD in-charge of operations was made public, the Central Bank, would be interested in the matter by investigating the veracity of the allegation in order to take action.
This is comes after Mr Amankwah, got some workers of the bank removed on grounds that, they did not attain the required grades in Mathematics and Science at the Senior High School (SHS) level, although they were not employed on the grades they had obtained from SHS, but on HND and first degrees from reputable poly techniques and universities.
The bank, has since moved on to fill those vacancies with children of politicians among others. Most of the sacked workers, were recruited by the previous management led by Ernest Agbesi, while others were from First Capital Bank and UTbank, who were taken on after the merger in 2017.
In the face of the numerous articles revealing the age-cheating accusation, this paper has gathered that Mr Amankwah, is said to be going round telling people not to worry their heads about The Herald’s expose on him, because nothing can be done to him.
Other details are that, he is blaming the Human Resource Department of the Bank, for seeking to embarrass him, hence he is at loggerheads with most officers from that department.Few weeks after The Herald’s exposé on the Deputy Managing Director (MD) in charge of operations, over his multiple dates of birth, the bank, somewhat added to the list, revealing another date of birth of the top official, causing further damage to his image.
The latest age-cheating information, which puts his different dates of birth to three, came to light again, when the bank released its Annual General Meeting (AGM) report with him listed among 13 directors, and his year of birth stated as 1960, contrary to what were on his passport and SSNIT records.
This means that Mr Amankwah, who was mentioned as a banker by profession, is using at least three different dates of birth on vital official documents, including his biometric Ghanaian Passport, Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and office records, which is a clear case of deceit and falsification of personal data.
Currently, per the GCB’s records, he is 59-years of age, but two other documents namely, a biometric Ghanaian passport and SSNIT card, put his age at 63 and 64 years, respectively.The passport details available to The Herald have it that it was issued him on April 29, 2016, and expires on April 28, 2021.
The type P passport numbered G1297125 was handed him in Accra, and it puts his place of birth as Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, and his date of birth as May 1, 1956, which is different from his Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) records. Mr Amankwah’s details with SSNIT, mentions his date of birth as March 14, 1955.
His SSNIT number is F015503140059 and parents’ names as Grace Sarpong and Badu Nelson. He was registered as a member of SSNIT on December 30, 1975.Per the two details; the SSNIT records and his current Ghanaian passport, Mr Amankwah, should have gone on compulsory retirement over three years ago, but he is still at post.