Dr Johnson Asiama opts to resign from Bank of Ghana – Sources

Johnson P. Asiama – Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana

Dr. Johnson P. Asiama, the Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana has decided to eventually resign from the central bank, sources close to the Bank have told ghanabusinessnews.com.

There has been unverified news during the week saying he had resigned from the Bank. The story took different forms when it couldn’t be established that the Deputy Governor has indeed resigned, and he denied the reports.

The Governor of the Bank, Dr. Ernest Addison told journalists during a press soiree at the premises of the Bank Tuesday December 12, 2017 that the Deputy Governor hasn’t resigned.

The Deputy Governor who has been on a two-week official leave and was in Abuja, Nigeria when the unconfirmed reports of his resignation made the rounds, is expected to resume work around December 26, 2017, sources who were not authorized to speak on behalf of the Bank have told ghanabusinessnews.com.

Observers of the central Bank, however, believe Dr. Asiama is being hounded out of the Bank by political operatives of the ruling government, just as the former Governor, Dr Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku was forced out of office just after 11 months of his appointment under the government of the National Democratic Congress. Dr. Issahaku was pushed out of office soon after the New Patriotic Party came into office. He negotiated the terms of his resignation with the government.

“It was obvious from day one, that he (Dr Asiama) wouldn’t be allowed to stay on under this government, because he is viewed as an NDC person,” one observer said.

Dr. Asiama was appointed the Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, with retrospective effect from April 5, 2016.

Born on May 5, 1968, he joined the Bank of Ghana in 1996, where he rose through the ranks. Dr. Asiama is an economist with extensive working experience at the Bank of Ghana.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi
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