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Mixed reactions over position of MMT workers on management

botchway July 9, 2019

 

From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi

The argument by irate workers of Metro Mass Transport (MMT), as published by The Chronicle, that Blacks cannot manage the transport company, has generated mixed reactions on social media.

The Chronicle publication, headlined “NO BLACK CAN MANAGE MMT”, caught the attention of Ghanaians on twitter, after Mr. Kafui Dey, a broadcast journalist, had shared the front page of the newspaper, supposedly taken from a newsstand, on his twitter handle.
Whilst a section of the public whole heartedly supported the position of the aggrieved and poor MMT workers, some Ghanaians belonged to another school of thought and defended that not all Ghanaian managers have weak managerial skills.
People equated the statement of the MMT workers to corruption and greed, which, they argued, had characterised some Ghanaian leaders.
Many were Ghanaians who tweeted that MMT workers cannot be blamed for their comments, because their current managers had given them cause to say that.
In a tweet by Velar Dohaeris, he noted: “This saddens me. Have we failed our people so bad that they have to look for leadership outside our country?”
Bismark Obeng commented: “Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah should come and listen.”
While Evans Naban remarked that maybe Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was wrong after all, another person opined to Kafui Dey’s tweet thus: “The Ghanaian management is very capable, but GREED won’t allow them to do what is right. Corruption is killing us.”
Whilst Kwame Adu emphasised that the statement from the MMT workers was true, and that the MMT managers are sleeping and killing the company, Nii Ryteous disagreed. According to him, a black man can do even better, and asked that we take politics out and we will see how effective a black can perform.
He disclosed: “ I was an internal auditor at MMT between 2016 and 2017. The level of partisan politics in the operations of MMT is extremely dangerous and could collapse anytime.
Responding to a statement, Nii Ryteous, who tweets @RonMingle, further explained that in MMT everything is about absolute politics. If you have been in that environment before, you would understand.
Much as he agreed that the welfare of the junior staff has been neglected, he was emphatic that leadership takes decisions to please the appointing authority and not to favour workers.
Last Wednesday, workers of MMT at the Ashanti Regional terminal embarked on a one-day industrial strike, emphasising that no black can manage the MMT, thus subjecting travellers to great discomfort as were left stranded.

The aggrieved workers unequivocally asked President Akufo-Addo to sack Mr. Adu Boaheng, Managing Director, as soon as practicable for incompetence, and called for a replacement by an expatriate management team.
Meanwhile, information available to this paper has it that the workers have called off their strike and are back to work, after they met the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, who assured the aggrieved drivers that he will personally take up their concerns.

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