General News of Monday, 7 December 2015
A report authorized by the Board of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) found Jacob Adongo unfit for the job of Deputy CEO even though he was recommended by the president.
The report found that there were “too many queries on Mr. Adongo’s file some of which are serious matters cited in the Auditor-General’s report for the year ended December 2013”.
Jacob Adongo, who is visually impaired, accused the outgoing Chief Executive Officer of YEA Vincent Kuagbenu of stalling his appointment as the Deputy CEO despite a directive from the Presidency.
He accused Vincent Kuabgenu of discrimination and belittling his abilities because of his impairment – a claim Kuagbenu has vehemently dismissed.
It has emerged however that Jacob Adongo’s nomination was shot down by a three-member sub-committee set up by the YEA Board.
In a report addressed to the Employment and Labour Relations Minister Haruna Iddrisu on the 27 November 2015, the subcommittee chaired by Alice Attipoe noted;
“Mr. Adongo Jacob, an officer of GYEEDA used an official vehicle with registration number GE 2888-X (Nissan Patrol) belonging to the Agency for an unauthorized programme he organized at Angel Hotel, East Legon”
“Further investigation revealed that the vehicle has been seized by the Hotel Management for over a year now because Mr. Adongo could not settle the bill”
The Board took notice that the Auditor-General has indicted Jacob Adongo and recommended disciplinary action against him.
In the sub-committee report, it further stated that “for the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, discipline is an essential requirement” and pointed out flaws contained in Adongo’s personal file.
It said on 13 October 2015, Adongo violated rules of seeking internal redress after he wrote a letter reporting Vincent Kuagbenu to the Minister and the Presidency.
The former Executive Director of YEA has also cited Jacob Adongo of “unruly behaviour” which the committee also described as “insubordination”.
“Mr. Adongo is often in the media, undermining authority and thereby bringing the name of the Youth Employment Agency to public ridicule and disrepute”.
The Board also found Jacob Adongo does not the required Masters’ in Public/Business Administration or related courses plus 12 years experience required for the position.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Adongo has only a first degree and has not work in the required capacity”.
The Board has since copied the Employment Minister in its report advising that Mr. Adongo “lacks the requisite qualification, discipline and work ethics and so does not recommend him for the said position”.