The Public Utilities Workers’ Union of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Junior and Senior Staff of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) have picketed at the company’s main headquarters on Thursday, April 20, 2023.
The employees, who were wearing red and holding signs, picketed in opposition to Collins Nuntwiri Nuamah’s appointment as the GWCL’s Deputy Managing Director, Finance and Administration.
The employees claim that Mr. Nuamah is ineligible for the position because he lacks the necessary credentials.
They stated that the role requires a candidate who is a certified Chartered Accountant who belongs to a recognized institute of Chartered Accountants in addition to having the necessary education and work experience.
According to the first Vice Trustee of the Public Utilities Workers’ Union, Samuel Amo-Kakabaah who spoke to the media: “We are here to register our position on the nomination of a Deputy Managing Director-Finance and Administration for Ghana Water. Our position is spelt out in the petition we have written to the Chief of Staff, we have copied the director of SIGA, board chairman of Ghana Water, Managing Director and the Minister.
“Our position is very clear and simple, we want to state on record that we are not against the appointment of heads of entity by the presidency, but our concern is that the position of the Managing Director is an appointee of the presidency, but the Deputy Managing Director’s position is a position we feel should be filled with people with both the technical and institutional knowledge of our operations”.
He stated that the appointee is not professionally qualified to serve as a deputy M.D.
“We think the technical staff will also assist the Managing Director, a political appointee, in carrying out his duties effectively. According to the claimed nominee’s biography, he is not professionally qualified to serve as a deputy MD. We want the hiring authorities to take that into account.
A petition was also given to the chief of staff by the employees.