The Oti Regional Minister, Dr Joshua Makubu, has appealed to the private sector to respect labour laws. He noted that such laws are meant for the protection of the very workers they need to run their companies and hence disregarding the laws will not affect only the employee, but the employer as well.
Dr Joshua, who had his speech read on his behalf by the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Biakoye, Mrs Millicent Kabuki Kabu, was speaking at yesterday’s May Day celebration.
This year’s celebration was unique for the people of Oti and Volta regions, since the two regions, which have been separated, came together to mark the day for the first time.
Present at the celebration was the Volta Regional Minister, Dr Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta and Oti Regional Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Madam Edith Abla Amenuvor Afewu and many others.
Yesterday, the Oti Regional Minister also called on owners of businesses to respect the people they work with because they cannot do without their services.
Speaking on the hardships Ghanaian businesses are going through, Madam Amenuvor Afewu was of the view that the high cost of living being experienced by Ghanaian workers, high fuel prices and general hardship in the country should not be attributed to Russia and Ukraine war or Covid-19.
She was of the opinion that the crises the country faced was self-inflicted and urged the government to make effective use of national resources, with emphasis on appropriate use of taxes collected from the citizens.
Meanwhile, the Volta Regional Minister has called on Ghanaians to appreciate the efforts the government is making to stabilise the economy.
This year’s celebration will go down as one of the best, despite the few hitches that nearly marred the beautiful day.
Aside some workers who marched through the principal streets of Ho with placards to register their disaffection towards the government, there were other side attractions that made the celebration a memorable one.
The day was marked with health screening at the jubilee park, in Ho, where workers from both Oti and the Volta regions converged and were tested for various ailments, particularly diabetes and blood pressure.
There was also the borborbor group and the police band which treated the audience to some local music.
Dr Yao Letsa and Amenuvor Afewu were all captivated by the tunes from the two music groups and took to the dance floor to shake themselves.
Volta Regional Minister, the Volta and Oti Regional Secretary of the TUC and other dignitaries took to the floor to dance to patriotic music.