Director-General of State Interests and Governance Authority (SIGA), Stephen Asamoah Boateng has reproached some of the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and other Heads of State Entities who failed to attend a consultative workshop at the Labadi Beach Hotel.
The SIGA organised stakeholders’ consultative workshop on draft code of corporate governance with the theme “strengthening good corporate governance practices in specified entities for national development”, aims to assemble CEOs, Board Chairs and other stakeholders to deliberate on the draft code for adoption.
Expressing his disappointment over the low turnout for the consultative workshop by the CEOs of state entities, Mr. Asamoah Boateng charged them to be time conscious and discipline towards work.
“I want to say this, those who have not been with us today although they were invited, I am sort of disappointed because this is such a crucial document which will impact on your entities and your lives as a CEO, as a board member, as a board chair. Invitations went out and my team has been calling and here we are, about just half,” he chided.
“My concern is that I have been around for so long in Ghana politics and in the economy so much that, one of the things that we fail to acknowledge is time management and discipline of work. We have been entrusted to do a job, just put our brains, attention and commitment to it and do it and if you cannot do it, ask permission and leave the seat. Somebody is prepared to do the job,” he rebuked.
He made it known that the draft code of corporate governance which is up for discussion is very important for all the Chief Executive Officers of the State Entities to show commitment and seriousness.
"If we take our job seriously and attend to these matters in a disciplined manner, we will not be surprised with document and workshops which is impacting on the job we do, because the failure to abide by the code when it is finished, there are sanctions that will go to the extent of even removal from office or even the dissolution of the board if we apply it properly. There are consequences and there are even sanctions that affect your remunerations,” he cautioned.
He posited that the State Interests and Governance Authority (SIGA) which was inaugurated by President Akufo-Addo with a 9-member board is not an ordinary organisation; thus, he is resolved to change the old status quo of the establishment for a positive one.