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ECG staff strike during Osei-Mensah speech

Scene of the incident (photo credit: onuaonline.com) Scene of the incident (photo credit: onuaonline.com)

There was drama at an event to mark the 2024 May Day celebration in the Ashanti Region when staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) staged a protest against the region’s minister, Simon Osei-Mensah.

ECG staff, who have been clashing with the regional minister for some weeks over the arrest of their boss, went on strike during the minister’s speech at the Workers’ Day event held in Kumasi on May 1, 2024.

According to a report by onuaonline.com, the strike is in response to the minister’s refusal to apologize for causing the arrest of the ECG director general for the Ashanti region.

The report states that the National Vice President of the ECG Senior Workers Union, Bismark Adomah, has said that the company will have nothing to do with Osei Mensah until he tenders an official apology.

“As you know, we already have a problem with him. He has done something that does not make the workers happy. At first, the workers’ front demanded that we not even appear. But we think that this is our program and we have to be present.

“Since he said he is not ready to comply with everything we ask of him, we don’t even want to listen to him. So, this is just a peaceful protest and we are not going to listen to what he says. If he is done with his speech, we will return,” Adomah is quoted as saying.

The ECG workers’ union also threatened to disconnect power to the Ashanti Regional Minister’s private residence if it is discovered that he owes the company.

The Ashanti Regional Minister has reportedly lodged a police complaint against the Managing Director of the Ghana Electricity Company in the Ashanti Region.

The complaint was filed in response to the disconnection of the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) from the national grid due to an outstanding debt of GH₵1.2 million.

According to the minister, he had previously informed the ECG Ashanti Region to notify him before making any disconnection within the public universities.

However, he was not informed about the disconnection at the KsTU, which led to his complaint.

The regional minister’s complaint prompted police to arrest the director general and ask him to write an official statement before granting him bail.

Workers have asked the minister to apologize for his actions but he has refused.

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