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    Why appoint NPP parliamentary candidate as Managing Director of NIB? – Bright Simons to Akufo-Addo

    Bright Simons, Vice President of IMANI Africa, has criticized President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s recent appointment of Tweneboa Kodua Fokuo as the new Managing Director of the National Investment Bank (NIB).

    Fokuo is the New Patriotic Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Manso Nkwanta Constituency in the 2024 general election.

    Simons questioned the central bank’s decision-making process, particularly considering the challenges facing NIB and the leadership required to address them.

    “You have a state-owned bank that has been struggling for years. It does not have enough capital and could have been shut down if it was private. Instead of bringing in a turnaround specialist to fix it, the Ghana government promotes an MP aspirant who will be campaigning in 2024 as the new CEO!” he said in a post on May 11, 2024.

    “I am very curious to know what the Bank of Ghana thought when they were informed and asked to approve a request that a VERY BUSY parliamentary aspirant for the ruling party should be the CEO of a struggling state-owned bank,” he added.

    Fokuo, who emerged victorious against four other contenders in the NPP’s parliamentary primary, is set to succeed Samuel Sarpong as the outgoing MD of NIB, effective Monday, May 13.

    According to reports, a memo to the bank’s staff highlighted Fokuo’s extensive experience and the expectation that he will guide the bank toward a prosperous future.

    Furthermore, Philip Ofori-Asante has been nominated as Deputy Managing Director.

    His banking expertise is anticipated to contribute significantly to the bank’s recovery efforts.

    The memo reassured that the ongoing restructuring and transformation efforts at NIB would continue under the new leadership, with the support of the Board and close collaboration with management.

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