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Some workers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have jumped to the defense of the director , Kwame Agyeman-Budu, after a faction of their colleagues involved his dismissal.
The aggrieved workers argued that their boss has did not live up to expectation since he assumed office for about two years now, describing him as “visionless”.
However, a faction of the workers preferring to stay anonymous fearing victimization, said their colleagues are only being “manipulated by unseen hands to disgrace the MD for no reason.”
According to them, except for Agyeman-Budu tons of Ghanaians would have slept darkly amidst the hardship brought on them by the COVID-19 pandemic because most of the workers mounted pressure on him to start mass disconnection to mobilise funds last year June.
“The union recognizing the Company’s challenging financial situation, since June 2020 has petitioned the director severally to involve its rank and enter revenue mobilization. This noble gesture on the a part of the Union which aims at improving the company’s income surprisingly had been turned down by the director at every opportunity until 1st April 2021. it’s worthy to notice that this delay may have a dire financial consequence on the corporate as debt accumulated may become be difficult to recover or be lost entirely,” the junior and senior staff union said during a resolution.
However, reacting to the resolution, the pro-Agyeman-Budu faction said: “What do they mean once they said the MD didn’t allow them to conduct mass disconnection since June 2020 when COVID was at its peak and there was partial and total lockdown and families and Ghanaians generally were in dire financial situation? It’s a senseless proposition. The MD showed a person’s face which was what he needed to try to to .”
“The MD has done many goodies which we’ve to speak about. If nothing in the least , he has been ready to hold-up the corporate during the difficult financial times within the COVID pandemic when our finances were very bad. There was never a month that we didn’t get paid or our payment delayed. Go and ask how he scrutinises contracts to urge value on behalf of me . There’s been some completed and important ongoing projects under his leadership a number of which include the Kasoa and Pokuase substations among others. he’s very affable and hardworking and embraces everyone. We love him, if the few executives of the Union don’t that’s their cup of tea.”
They added: “The move by the Union is extremely uncalled for. they’re just being manipulated to disgrace the MD for no reason. Their concerns are laughable. How are you able to accuse the MD of wrongdoing for building a canteen for workers and not himself; arguing that it had been not a needed project.
“On the matter of outsourcing our STL collection as advance payment of bill, it’s only a proposal that has been suggests by a corporation a bit like the other proposal delivered to ECG from companies. The board hasn’t even sat thereon yet. How then can anybody accuse the MD of promoting something which may be a mere proposal.”
Some aggrieved workers of ECG are calling for the dismissal of Agyeman-Budu by 23 April.