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    Jubilation in GNPC as insiders allege Ahweneeh’s own ‘mafia tactics’ led to his downfall

    Corporate politics and “mafia tactics” allegedly initiated by removed Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Opoku-Ahweneeh Danquah ended up as consuming him as his “victim” was elevated to replace him. 

    The announcement of the removal of Opoku-Ahweneeh and his replacement with one Joseph Dadzie has led to massive jubilation by management and staff of the state oil company who say they are “free at last”. 

    Joseph Dadzie who was the GNPC Deputy Chief Executive responsible for Commerce, Strategy and Business Development, but was forced to go “early retirement” in December 2023, by the Opoku-Ahweneeh administration 9 months before he is due has now taken over the company. 

    Under the Opoku-Ahweneeh Danquah-led GNPC, sources say the espirit de corps of the once-vibrant state oil company was literally dead with the now removed CEO running a near one-man show. 

    The situation was reportedly so terrible that persons who spoke out were hounded out or victimized in one form of the other by top management of the company. 

    This led to a cycle of leaks of confidential memos and anonymous staff union letters to the media which was hitherto alien to the company but festered under the Opoku-Ahweneeh Danquah-led administration. 

    Opoku-Ahweneeh who was appointed to act as the CEO of the national oil company in 2022 after the mandatory retirement of Dr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong, the former CEO tried all “tricks” to keep his job but was forced to either resign or be sacked after the president was briefed on happenings at GNPC. 

    The letter of appointment naming the successor of Opoku-Ahweneeh among others said: 

    “Pursuant to Section 10 (2) of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Act, 1983 (P.N.D.C.L. 64), I am pleased to inform you that the President has appointed you to act as the Chief Executive of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (the “Corporation”) pending receipt of the required advice of the honourable Minister for Energy, given in consultation with the Public Services Commission,” his appointment letter signed by the secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante and dated Wednesday, 3rd April 2024 read.

    “Your appointment is effective 2nd May 2024. I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your appointment. Kindly indicate your acceptance or otherwise of this appointment within 14 days of receipt of this letter. Please accept the President’s best wishes,” the letter copied to the Vice President, Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Minister for Energy, the Chairman of the Public Services Commission and the Board Chairman of the GNPC further read.

    Profile Of Dadzie

    Mr Dadzie is a Banker, Energy and Communication Expert. He holds an MBA (Finance) and MSc (General Management) from the Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherlands, as well as a BSc (Chemical Engineering) from the KNUST, Ghana.

    As a Banker, he worked as Director (Commodity Corporate), Head (Large Local Corporate & Parastatals), and Senior Manager (Financial Institution) all with the Standard Chartered Bank.

    In communication, he was the Chief Operating/Finance Officer for Surfline Communication Limited. Over the years, he has worked in the energy sector as an Assistant Operations Officer with TOR, Market Research Analyst with the GNPC, and CFO with Woodfields Energy Resources.


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