Blame government appointees and heads of civil service, not innocent workers – Koomson


Mr. Abraham Koomson, the general secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Union (TGLWU), has blamed government appointees and heads of public institutions in the country for not doing their work well as expected of them to nip certain wrongful conducts and attitudes currently displayed by most Ghanaian public service workers in the bud.

According to him, instead of these appointees and heads of public sector institutions to set targets and supervise the performance of work that is done by employees on a regular basis, they choose to sit in their air-conditioned offices doing little to ensure that assignments given to workers are carried out productively and efficiently.

Mr. Koomson was commenting on some portions of the speech delivered by President Akufo-Addo at this year’s May Day celebrations held at the Black Star Square in Accra, in which he pointed out some destructive attitudes allegedly exhibited by Ghanaian workers.

“There is a particularly pernicious attitude to property that we find at work. There is the petty stealing of paper, envelopes, tea, milk and other equipment. There is the reckless use of office vehicles. Employees show no inclination to protecting the things that are in the offices and factories, and extreme reluctance to stand up for what we know to be right in our workplaces in general,” he stated.

But the general secretary of the TGLWU, although acknowledges the existence of these bad traits among some Ghanaian public workers, he is of the strong opinion that had those in charge of making sure that the right thing is done at all cost and were able to carry out their duties in a professional manner, some of these bad attitudes would not be mentioned, let alone be attributed to the Ghanaian worker.

He also accused the officials at the Trade and Industry Ministry of doing little or nothing in the fight against pirated textiles in the system, which is currently destroying the growth of the textile industry in Ghana.

He maintained that certain characters at the Ministry of Trade and Industry do not have time to discuss issues of piracy and smuggling and how it is impacting negatively on the textile industry with the executives of the union.

Mr. Koomson revealed that with such lackadaisical attitude towards the operations of the textile industry and its growth in the country, it would be difficult for the government to fulfill its ‘One District, One Factory’ promise to Ghanaians.

“If the government doesn’t take care to put an end to counterfeiting and smuggling, its vision of ‘One District, One Factory’ will be a fiasco. If the right measures are not put in place to check these criminal activities then the promise of ‘One District, One Factory’ is a waste of Ghanaians time, resources and energy,” he said

He further indicted the previous NPP-led government for the predicaments of the country’s textile industry, and noted that, although the erstwhile Mahama administration could not fix all the challenges, it is incumbent on the Akufo-Addo-led government to show some level of commitment to stamp out smuggling and pirating from the system.


Source: / Nana Appiah Acquaye

The Republic News Online

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