Two top executives of the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT) have been removed from office after an Accra High Court last Friday, ruled against them for misappropriating funds belonging to the association.
They are Mr. Ernest Opoku, president and Mr. Raymond Boagye Darkwa, general secretary, who assumed office in November, 2011, after a swearing-in ceremony at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region.
The two were cited in external and internal audits, conducted in 2014, for not being able to account for more than GH¢400,000, but later sued the CCT, challenging the allegation and their subsequent suspension following the audit.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra yesterday, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of CCT , Mr. Samuel Antwi, vowed that the coalition would use all legal means to retrieve every penny from the two executives.
He explained that the National Executive Council of CCT on December 22, 2015, asked Mr. Opoku, the then president of the group and Mr. Darkwa, to step aside while it conducts investigation into an alleged financial impropriety.
According to Mr. Antwi, that followed an internal audit report of the year ending December 31, 2014, which cited the two, hence, other two executives namely Mr. King Ali Awudu and Mr. Ako Forson were asked to step into their shoes.
“This was done in accordance with the union’s constitution which allow other executives to occupy the seats of persons suspended in the CCT,” he said.
Mr. Antwi indicated that GH¢369,285 could not be accounted for in an external audit report in 2015, while GH¢44,703 could not be traced to any expenditure, income or account balance.
“As a result of the scattering revelation in the external auditors report, CCT NEC met on April 16, 2016 and proceeded to suspend Mr. Opoku and Mr. Darkwa, as president and general secretary respectively and asked that they refund the monies within three months,” he said.
Mr. Antwi said, the two filed a suit at the High Court challenging the audit report and their suspension in June 2016.
Mr. Antwi said the court presided by Justice Daniel Mensah delivered judgement, last Friday, in favour of the coalition.
He urged the public not to associate the two with any executive positions or transact any business in such capacity with them.
“The union has subsequently appointed Mr. Awudu and Mr. Forson as the substantive President and General Secretary respectively and should therefore be regarded as such by the public,” Mr. Antwi.
By Charles Amankwa