Ghana said recalling national from ECOWAS

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ghana has reportedly written to the ECOWAS chairman, asking that Ghanaian national Georges Sipa-Adjah Yankey, quit his post of President of the ECOWAS Investment and Development Bank, official sources said in Abidjan.
The sources did not give details of the letter to the ECOWAS Chairman and Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare, but said that in May, four months after he assumed duty, the Accra government reportedly put pressure on Yankey to quit.
He had been appointed to the post for a five-year period, from a list of three candidates submitted by Ghana, to which the post has been zoned.
Sources close to ECOWAS said the move by Ghana, might be connected with the country's decision to vie for the post of Executive Secretary of the 15-nation ECOWAS, which falls due this year.
But the move to withdraw Yankey, if confirmed, could amount to a breach of the ECOWAS protocol, which provides that governments of member-States should not interfere in the discharge of staff duties.
Yankey is said to have initiated a legal action to save his job.

28 september 2001 15:54:00

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