New Metro Mass Transit boss assumes duty

The newly-appointed Managing Director (MD) of the Metro Mass Tansit Limited (MMTL), Brigadier General Ishmael Ben Quartey (rtd), has assumed duty.

The appointment became necessary after the substantive MD, Noble John Appiah and his Deputy, John Awuku Duazah, had been asked to step aside to allow investigations into allegations of corruption at the company.

The company’s Junior and Senior Staff Associations last week embarked on a nationwide strike to demand the immediate removal of Mr. Duazah from office as the company’s Deputy MD, accusing him of complicity in the disappearance of the company’s12 buses.

Their demands somehow, appeared to have been met when a press statement signed by the Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Prosper Bani, said the President, John Dramani Mahama had asked Brigadier General I.B.Quartey to take over the management of the company pending the conclusion of investigations into the allegations.

At a ceremony at the company’s premises yesterday to introduce the new MD to the workers, the Transport Minister, Mrs. Dzifa Aku Attivor, said the appointment was important to keep the company running in the absence of a board and management.

She said the swift reaction of government to the concerns of the workers was an indication that, government was committed to ensuring accountability in all sectors of the economy.

The concerns of the workers, Mrs. Attivor said, would be investigated to their logical conclusion, and appealed to the workers to exercise restraint while investigations continued.

She appealed to the workers to support and co-operate with the new MD, as the company strived to serve the travelling Ghanaian population diligently.

“Let’s avoid the media war and address our concerns to him (Acting MD), and if it’s beyond him, we from the ministry will intervene. So let’s give him the necessary support so that he will be able to hold the fort until we conclude the investigations,” the Minister said.

The workers, she said, had a role to play in the dreams and aspirations of the company and asked them to be united for the transformation of the company.

“Our loyalty should be to the Metro Mass Transit only and not any political grouping, because if we bring our political affiliations on board, we cannot be united to work for the transformation of this company.”

“So when we get to the gate, lets drop our political coats there; work and when we are going home, we can put them on,” Mrs. Attivor advised.

Brigadier General Quartey for his part, assured the workers of his preparedness to work with them to raise the company’s productivity to a different level.

“I come with a vision to transform the operations of this company. But in transforming the company, we need to look at efficiency, reliability, affordability and also make sure that we make the MMTL, the safest transport organisation in Ghana”.

“But all that I have said cannot come about when there is no unity or peace on the labour front. All I ask for is your support, and together, we can raise the MMT to a level we all want it to be,” Brigadier Quartey said.

By Julius Yao Petetsi     

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