TUC wages into Woyome controversy
The Trade Unions Congress (TUC), has called on the President to set up a truly independent enquiry into the controversial GH¢58 million dole-out to Mr. Alfred Woyome, to get to the bottom of the case.
The call was made by the General Secretary of the TUC, Mr. Kofi Asamoah, at the 2011 Ghana TUC/GJA (Ghana Journalists Association) end of year interactions in Accra.
Mr. Asamoah expressed concern about the conflicting narratives given by personalities from the different political divide, adding that such conflicting narratives do not help the public get a dispassionate account of the facts of the case.
“We call on the President to set up a truly independent enquiry, not a presidential commission of enquiry, to investigate this matter, and submit a report thereon, to the President for necessary action.”
He further requested that in the interest of transparency and openness, the sittings of such a committee of enquiry should be held in public, to ensure public confidence in the outcome of the committee’s work.
Public contracts, according to him, were an important tool for national development, and that was why any suggestion that they might be used for the unjust enrichment of individuals at the expense of the public, should be thoroughly investigated, in the interest of the public and the reputation of the individuals concerned.
The TUC further reiterated its earlier comments on the economy, which pointed out to the fact that the cost of living in Ghana remains high, despite the declining rate of inflation.
Mr. Asamoah noted that even though some politicians were using all means available to them to make people believe that Ghana was doing well, he added that Ghanaians were matured enough to know the reality on the ground, and thus took the opportunity to remind politicians that it was their responsibility to manage the economy well.
“The 1992 Constitution gives power to the people of Ghana, at least, through the ballot box, and Ghanaians have utilised this opportunity very well. We have not hesitated to vote governments out of power if we are not satisfied with their performance. Politicians cannot afford to ignore this basic fact in Ghana’s short history of democracy.”
Mr. Asamoah also pointed out the lack of decent employment for the tens of thousands of young men and women who graduate from the various educational institutions every year.
“Beyond the rhetoric, we have not seen any concrete measures being taken to deal with the employment challenge in Ghana (i.e. the lack of decent jobs for the youth in the country),” he said.
The TUC also appealed to the government to take the bull by the horns, in terms of upward adjustments of salaries.
“Many workers in Ghana can still not meet their basic needs because of low pay in both the private and public sectors. The Base Pay and the Pay Point Relativity on the SSSS should be adjusted in such a way that the SSSS can offer meaningful salaries to all public service workers.”
The General Secretary, on behalf of the Executive Board of the Ghana TUC, congratulated the hardworking people of Ghana for their forbearance and heroism, and for their enduring commitment to the development of Ghana, and for the maintenance of peace and harmony at their workplaces across all the sectors, both formal and informal.
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