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Various: ECG workers demonstrate against private involvement

ECG demo

Workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in some parts of the country are demonstrating against the takeover of the company’s operations.

Workers who were clad in red and black attire in some places such as Cape Coast and Accra have been singing and dancing amidst drumming Thursday to protest the takeover.

Some carried placards with inscriptions such as: Protect ECG; ECG should not be sold; Mr. President; Do not sell ECG.

Per the second compact of the Millennium Challenge Account signed by the Government in August 2014, the ECG is set to be leased to a private company for up to 30 years.

President Mahama addressing this year’s May Day parade explained that government’s agreement under the Millennium Challenge Compact is to leverage private sector participation at the client level to assist in resolving clients complaints and revenue collection.

But the workers at the ECG are not buying into that idea, and therefore decided to use the celebration of the World Public Sector Workers Day which falls today to register their displeasure against the process.

One of the workers who gave his name only as Kwaku told Onua FM’s Yen Sempa also complained bitterly about government’s indebtedness to the company but was not convinced the takeover was appropriate.

 

Story by Kweku Antwi-Otoo/Onua FM/Ghana

 

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