Workers of the Volta River Authority (VRA) are up in arms against government’s decision to allegedly cede some of their operations to the African Middle East Resources Investment (AMERI) Group.
In Accra yesterday, the workers, with red cloths tied around their wrists and necks, demanded that the concession plan, which they claimed was underway, was suspended immediately.
The Volta Electro House, the Head Office of the VRA here in Accra, was also adorned in the red colours as the entrance to the eleven-floor edifice, cars and trees on the compound of the authority were also seen with the red bands to depict the mood of the workers. .
They named the three assets as the Takoradi International Company (TICO 3) plant, a parcel of land at Kpone, which government had given to a third party to manage and a Mine Reserve Plan (MRP) at the Tema Thermal Power station.
The action of the workers was in fulfillment of an earlier letter in which they hinted to management that they would “embark on a series of legitimate actions effective Thursday, 4th August 2016 (yesterday)”.
Addressed to the Chief Executive of the VRA,Mr. Kirk Koffi, the workers explained that they “have resolved to utilise all available lawful means to resist the perpetration of unwarranted dissipation of the Authority’s assets”.
The listed entities, the workers said in the letter “are crucial to the sustenance of the Volta River Authority as a major player in the energy sector in Ghana and the West Africa Sub-region”.
“We wish to state unequivocally that we are vehemently opposed to the overt and covert actions of the Ministry of Power which are in clear breach of section 2 of Act 46, which establishes the Authority as an autonomous institution,” the letter added.
Some of the workers, who spoke to The Ghanaian Times on condition of anonymity, said they do not understand why government, without conferring with them, would take the decision to surrender their treasured assets to the private player.
They insisted government must rescind that decision immediately before it even matured.
The Ghanaian Times’ source within the management of the authority said a meeting between the leadership of the workers and the Power Ministry, led by the acting sector minister, Mr. Seth Terkper ended inconclusively on Wednesday.
According to the source, government was ready to listen to the concerns of the workers and reach an agreement which would best serve the interest of the country on the power generation front.
At the time of filing this report, the management of VRA, the leadership of the workers and the ministry were locked up in a meeting to resolve the impasse.
By Julius Yao Petetsi