Wednesday 24th August, 2016
By Laudia Sawer,
Tema, Aug 24, GNA –
Staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in all the eight district
offices in the Tema Region on Wednesday turned away clients who visited their
offices as they embark on a three-hour demonstration against government’s
planned privatisation of the company.
Workers clad in red
apparel, held placards and danced to songs provided by a cultural group.
Some of the
placards read “stop ECG concession”, “politicians stop dumping substandard
meters on ECG”, “private sector participation! Where is Aqua Vitals Rand from
South Africa? A lesson to be learnt Mr President”.
The Public Utility
Workers Union (PUWU) on Tuesday declared a three-day demonstration nationwide
to back their demands.
The move is to
buttress their resolve to resist the privatisation and also to force the
government to review the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact which seeks
to cede the ECG to private investor for a period of 25 years.
Mr Frank Adjetey
Badu, General Secretary for the Junior Staff Union of ECG told the Ghana News
Agency that workers would not change their decision on the planned concession.
Mr Badu said
workers were not fighting for their own interest but rather to save the entire
country saying ” if monopoly under government was not yielding the
necessary result, how much more under a private monopoly?”
He said their
actions would yield the needed results adding that should government refuse to
heed to their warnings, they would take another action.
He stated that the
demonstration would continue for three days unless they hear some favourable
news from government.