GNAT Provident Fund: Two members suspended over misconduct

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The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has suspended two of the board members of the GNAT Provident Fund popularly known as the Teachers Provident Fund effective Wednesday, 14th July 2021.

According to letter signed by the General Secretary of the Association, Thomas Tanko Musah and sighted by Educandghana.net, at an Emergency National Executive Meeting held via the Zoom application on Wednesday, 14th July, 2021, the House took a decision to suspend the following members of the Association:

MR. MICHAEL AGYAPONG: the Brong Ahafo Regional GNAT Chairman who was the Board Chairman of the Fund

MRS ESTHER QUAYE-SOWAH: the representative of the Conference of Directors of Education (CODE) on the GNAT National Executive Committee who was a Member Trustee of the GNAT Provident Fund.

The association has however indicated that the decision was taken by Article 6 (1) of the Constitution and Rules of GNAT as amended in 2018.

The letter further revealed that the reasons for suspending these members were based on their conduct, actions, and behavior in connection with issues concerning the Fund.

BASES OF SUSPENDING THE TWO MEMBERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Their refusal to appear before a Committee of Inquiry set up by the Association about the change of name of the Fund.

They also received the National Executive on the change of logo of the Fund at a National Executive meeting held on 6th March 2021 at GNAT Headquarters.

Moreover, their unwillingness to cooperate for the smooth transition from the Old Board to the New Board of the Fund.

Writing a letter to introduce the interim Board members on 22 June 2021 and turning round to host an AGM of GNAT Provident Fund on 23rd June 2021 despite the pendency of an application for an interlocutory injunction on the AGM which was brought to your notice earlier.

Lastly, their posture on the issue at National Executive Meetings amounts to a betrayal of trust and demonstration of bad faith.