Pay us our monies, Former staff of GPHA demand

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Stephen Nani

Former staffs of Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority have called on the management of the Authority to pay them their rightful entitlements due them since 2002. The group, which accused the former Director-General, Ben Owusu Mensah of having supervised the inhumane acts perpetrated against them, stated that staff who were laid off at the time by were shortchanged and given meager amounts of between ¢2,400 (2.4m old Cedis) and ¢60.00 (¢600,000 old Cedis). 

According to the statement read by the leader of the Group, Mr. Nsiah Laryea, he narrated their ordeal and efforts to get justice since they were laid off in 2002, explaining that it has not been easy getting management to address their issues. According to him, per the rightful calculations which emerged in a court ruling in 2008, they were entitled to 20,000 cedis each and not the amount paid them in 2002.

He further stated that, despite the legal steps taken in the past and all calls made on various governments, both past, and present, their situation hasn’t changed in any way. They, therefore, called on the President and the current Director-General of GPHA to pay their rightful entitlements to alleviate the pain and hardship many of them are facing.

“For posterity sake Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, as the President of the Republic of Ghana H.E Nana Ado Danquah Akufo Ado called on us citizens not to sit on fence but join in to fight this canker,  we are by this expose’ call on him to intervene in this corrupt act perpetrated on us by GPHA management in 1989 and 2002 which has already killed over 600 of our colleague ex-workers through frustration and family stress to pay us our rightful entitlements so as to ameliorate our pain and agony,” he bemoaned .

In their plan of a way forward, the group said it may consider a demonstration on the principal street of Accra by joining forces with their colleagues in Takoradi if the Authority does not respond to them in a week.

“Since we don’t have any time left in this struggle to rid our peaceful but fragile society of such crimes against humanity, we state that, without positive response from the authority in a week from now, there would be massive demonstration on the streets of Accra as our compatriots from the Takoradi Metropolis will join in this effort to get our rightful entitlements paid us by the World Bank”.

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