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Winston’s take: ECG Workers must stop the lawlessness

Winston Amoah

So couldn’t the Electricity Company of Ghana workers protest the one year contract given to the Managing Director without resorting to violence? Look we live in a country of laws. I would have expected the board of ECG to have informed the workers of their decision to give Mr. Dwamena a year’s contract.

However, that does not mean the workers should have resorted to that violence. I am particularly happy that the Police were there and invited the leader of the Union for violating the public order act. I urge the police to ensure that anyone found culpable should be made to face the full rigors of the law. The leaders have breached section 9 of the public order act (Act 491) and must face sanctions. Enough of the lawlessness. Also the leaders must pay for the glass door which was destroyed.

Why can’t we just do the right thing once and for all in this country? Why have ECG workers all of a sudden resorted to this bad behavior? Is it because of the decision to give the company out on concession? Following these attitudes I am beginning to shift from my earlier position of no private participation in the distribution and management of power. I am fully convinced now that private participation is the way to go. This culture of entitlement must cease.

Meanwhile, I expect the board to dialogue with management of ECG and the executives of the Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU). This is important to forestall any future disturbances.

4th October 2016

By Winston Amoah

The writer is the host of 3FM‘s Sunrise. Write-up was first broadcast on the station

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