Prof. Kenneth Attafuah is Executive Director of the NIA
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The Governing Board of the National Identification Authority (NIA) has rejected the petition by the Public Services Workers Union of the NIA which demanded the removal of Executive Secretary Professor Kenneth Attafuah.

In a letter dated July 1 to the Office of the President, staff of the NIA said the petition has been necessitated by persistent unfair labour practices within the organisation among other issues.

But the governing board has dismissed the petition reiterating their support for Prof. Ken Attafuah to continue in his role.

In a statement released on July 6, the NIA’s Governing board described the petition as “baseless” and “unwarranted” expressing its confidence in Prof. Ken Attafuah’s competence.

“The Governing Board wishes to express its complete confidence in the Executive Secretary’s integrity, competence, experience and resourcefulness in the performance of his duties, including the advancement of the interests of NIA workers and roundly describes the petition as baseless and unwarranted.”

Staff of National Identification Authority petition presidency for removal of their boss

The NIA Governing Board criticised the NIA Division of the Public Service Workers’ Union for requesting President Akufo-Addo to remove the Executive Secretary without first following all internal procedures.

The Board believes the action taken by the workers is premature and inappropriate as the union should have addressed any issues through internal channels before turning to external intervention.

“As stated by the National Labour Commission (NLC) at a hearing on Wednesday, 3rd July 2024 into ongoing negotiations between Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (MSC) and the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), the NIA Division of the PSWU (NIA PSWU) has no right to petition His Excellency the President to remove the Executive Secretary without exhausting internal procedures; the NLC declared the conduct of the NIA PSWU as both “illegal and completely out of line,” the release added.

Meanwhile, the Board appealed to the staff to exercise a bit more faith in the leadership, as it was committed to ensuring that their concerns were addressed appropriately.

Read full statement by the NIA board here.