ECG, MiDA meet on concession arrangement

Mr Robert Dwamena,Acting ECG Boss

The leadership of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will on Tuesday meet with the Millennium Development Authority (MiDA) in order to reach a common ground in relation to plans to concede the company to a private investor.

The pending meeting is occasioned by the three days demonstrations staged by the workers in disagreement with moves to cede the company to a private firm.

Workers of the company have been challenging the decision by government in that regard, a move they said was not in the interest of the country.

Mr. Isaac YaoteyAko Jnr, the Senior Industrial Relations Research Officer at the ECG, speaking in a telephone interview with The Ghanaian Times after yesterday’s in-yard demonstration, said the industrial action was bearing fruits.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel and I hope we would arrive at a common ground after the meeting.

“For us, it’s a positive sign and we welcome the opportunity to meet with MiDA to push further our resolve which is a big no to the idea to cede ECG”, he stressed.

Reiterating their long held position that locals could reform the ECG, Mr.  Ako Jnr. said there were enough competent personnel within their ranks to effectively manage the electricity distribution firm.

He said if government paid all the debt it owed the ECG; gave it the free will to work without interference, as would be in the case with the private investor, then the company would meet the expectations of the people.

“The indebtedness of the state to the company and the unnecessary interference in our operations, where a president can decide to sack a manager and bring a new one under the guise of non-performance, is farfetched.

“What we need now is a specified term of office for the manager with performance criteria which would be measured by the end of his or her tenure and if he meets the target or not, then a decision is taken,” he added.

He regretted any inconvenience the 8am to 11am action for the past three days may have caused their clients and asked them “to see the action as a fight on their behalf. This action is basically a protest on behalf of the people of Ghana.”

Mr. Ako declared that the industrial action was over and that normal service would return on Monday, entreating their customers to “feel free and call on us when they have any difficulty” but warned that the workers might take their action a notch higher till government rescinded the decision.

The ECG, led by the Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU),on Tuesday, declared the demonstration, the first in series of actions to be taken, to push for the abrogation of the concession of the company.

True to their words, the workers disrupted their services during the strike period leaving customers who needed their services within the demonstration period stranded at the ECG offices countrywide.

By Julius Yao Petetsi

 

 

 

 

 

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