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CTO says Spio-Garbrah was not sacked, he left his job

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The Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) has debunked allegations that Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah lost his job as CEO of the CTO and that is why he is back in Ghana seeking recognition.

Corporate Communications Manager of CTO, Samuel Fletcher said “Spio has not lost his job. He decided to leave.”

Speaking from his London base, Mr. Fletcher said “I can tell you from the CTO end that Spio was the one who decided not to seek a third 4-year mandate as CEO of the organisation.”

Dr. Spio-Garbrah recently met with NDC wing of the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN), where he made a number of statements that have generated huge public debates.

He described President Mills as wicked for not providing accommodation for former President Rawlings and his family, and for recommending that agitating footsoldiers be arrested by the police.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah also pointed fingers at some of the young ministers in the current government calling them incompetent.

In the wake of his inflammatory statement, some government officials and NDC functionaries have said Dr. Spio-Garbrah lost his job at CTO and tried to get an extended contract but failed so he is back in Ghana trying to get recognition and possibly a job.

But Mr. Samuel Fletcher said Dr. Spio-Garbrah voluntarily opted out of the CTO top job to concentrate on “God, family and politics” after having achieved so much for the CTO in his seven to eight years service.

He said at the last council meeting, representatives Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa, Cameroun, and the Gambia asked Dr. Spio-Garbrah to rescind his decision and stay on for another four-year term but he insisted on leaving.

Mr. Fletcher said the CTO council has asked Dr. Spio-Garbrah to help to recruit a suitable replacement and they had also indicated they may ask him to stay on for a while till they find a replacement.

“There is also the strong indication that even when Dr. Spio-Garbrah is gone he may be asked to consult for the CTO,” he stated.

Mr. Fletcher said Dr. Spio-Garbrah’s achievements at the CTO beat any other CEO in the 108 years history of the organisation by far, and Ghana should be proud of that, in spite of the politics.

By Samuel Dowuona

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