The Public Utilities Workers Union (PUWU), is opposing the appointment of another Deputy Managing Director for the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).
The Deputy Managing Director is to be in charge of Special Projects, but PUWU argues that the appointment is needless and a duplication of roles.
In a resolution on the matter, forwarded to the Minister of Water and Sanitation, a copy of which is available to Citi News, the Union called for the appointment to be halted.The appointment of a Deputy Managing Director (special projects), is a needless duplication of duties and a recipe for confusion at the top hierarchy of the company. The financial cost associated with this appointment however the quantum, is an avoidable cost.”
PUWU in the resolution signed by its General Secretary, Michael Adumatta Nyantakyi, said most companies, in the 21st century, are taking strategic steps to “reduce the bureaucratic layers at the top” and that the appointment of the third Deputy Managing Director when there are people already occupying similar positions “is not in line with best practices for corporate governance.”
“That currently the company has a managing director (Engineer-PhD); Deputy Managing Director – Operations (Civil Engineer); Deputy Managing Director (Finance and Administration); Chief Manager – Operations (Engineer); Chief Manager – Water Resources (Civil Engineer); Chief Manager Projects, Planning & Development (Civil Engineer); and Manager Projects (Engineer Civil). With these, comes the appointment of a Deputy Managing Director – Special Projects (Engineer). The question that begs for answer is what are the supposedly Special Projects that GWCL is embarking on which requirements are beyond the caliber of the company’s existing engineers?”
“That the company, as it exists now, has two Deputy Managing Directors, one in charge of Operations and the other in charge of Finance and Administration. Therefore, to ensure harmony at the top and engender good industrial atmosphere, the union do hereby appeal to the appointing authority, as a matter of urgency to take a second and critical look at the appointment of a DMD (Special Projects) for GWCL,” the union added.
Terminate Teshie Desalination Water Plant contract
PUWU had earlier called for the termination of the Teshie Desalination Water Plant contract, arguing that the current state of the plant renders it unprofitable.
The Ghana Water Company, is losing huge sums of money by selling water from the plant at cheaper prices to residents of Teshie Nungua and its environs.
Their demand comes regardless of a caution from operators of the water plant, Hydrocol, that the said termination will cost government about US $ 123 million.
The Deputy General Secretary of PUWU, Richard Nyaaba, who made the demand on behalf of the Union on Eyewitness News, said their demands had become necessary, given what it describes as the “heavy financial burden” it is places on the GWCL.
By: Godwin A. Allotey & Sixtus D. Ullo/citifmonline.com/Ghana