Barely a month after the president of the Land and the Commander in chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s meeting with the Workers Union of the Ghana Port and Harbours Authority, over the Agitation and Concerns raised over what they described as FRAUDULENT MPS deal, the minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah and the Board Chairman of the GPHA, Mr. Peter Mc Manu who also serve as a board member of the Meridian Port Services have ahead of Cabinet cleared the MPS to start operation in June 29.
From a snippet within the quarters of the GPHA, the Sector Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Director of Tema Port and the board chairman, Peter MC Manu despite the President’s decision on the MPS deal has been working hand in hand to ensure operationalization of the MPS newly built Port in Tema.
The workers agitation about Gpha/Mps concession agreement has taken a dramatic turn with underground and backdoor negotiations by the sector minister defying the Presidents directive .
Reliable sources revealed that,the sector minister and the Director of Port are negotiating behind-the-scenes with Mps on job losses issues leaving the other all important aspects of the contract especially the exclusivity clauses and associated revenue losses. The sector minister wants Mps to absorb less than one hundred out of the over three thousand workforce that would be affected and give redundancy package for those who will be left to be laid -off contrary to the Presidents wisdom on this concession agreement issues.
Furthermore, heat of threat from the office of the minister and the Director of Tema Port to the workers leadership agitating on this concession agreement issues, letters have started flying,verbal threats of dismissal and the likes.
These, according to the source are all attempts to cow unionists to submission to enable him have his own lean way dealing with the issues.
Interestingly, the source revealed that, the MPS have started implementing the tennents of the contract by writing to the Director -General its intention to increase port tarrifs by 20percent , also issuing its own entry pass to their facility to clients, directing other lines vessels that call at Gpha controlled terminals to relocate to their facility….this and many more underground work and lobbying is being pursued by MPS already ahead of the official take off of business which the sector minister and the Director of Port are aware.
“Sincerely the faith of the workforce is in limbo hence, the call by the workforce on the sector minister, Mr. Asiamah, Director of Tema Port, Mrs. Sandra Opoku and the board chairman, Peter MC Manu to be fired by his Excellency the President”. The source angrily added.