GPHA Should Manage Tema Shipyard-Labour

The Tema District Council of Labour (TDCL) on Friday expressed surprise at the announcement that the Government had given the PSC Tema Shipyard and Drydock to Tullow Ghana Limited.

The oil company intends to use the facility to build the country’s second Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel.

TDCL, which described the move as misplaced and unfortunate, added that it expected government to rather implement the Chris Ackumey Committee’s report, which recommended that Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) should operate the Shipyard.

This formed part of a statement jointly signed by Mr Wilson Agana, Chairman of TDCL and Mr Ebenezer Kodwo Taylor, Secretary to the TDCL and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

“We are giving Government by the end of August 2013 to give the PSC Tema Shipyard to GPHA to manage as they have all the needed resources to turn the place into a state of the art drydock and shipyard in the interest of the nation,” it said.

On Government’s intention to increase utility tariffs, the TDCL described it as inappropriate and untimely.

It recommended that the utility companies needed to collect the debt owed them and to provide better services to consumers.

The statement added that an upward adjustment in utility tariffs must be on gradual basis.