The Gazette has intercepted a memo circulated within the Ga Central Municipal Assembly in the Greater Accra Region, asking all municipal guards and tradesmen in the employ of the assembly to reapply for the jobs they are already holding.
The memo, which is dated the 18th of July, 2017, stipulates a 10- day period within which the reapplication must be done, failure to which, the job status of all affected will effectively be forfeited.
“All Municipal Guards and Tradesmen (Taskforce) on the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) payroll are being requested to put in new applications to be considered for employment in the Ga Central Municipal Assembly.
“Failure to submit the new application by close of Friday, 28th July, 2017 will tantamount to dismissal.”
The memo, which was titled: “REAPPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT,” was issued by the Municipal Chief Executive for the Assembly, Dr. Emmanuel Lamptey.
The issuance has since jolted all affected employees, who are said to be on a salary of GHc269 a month, into a panic attack over fears that they are about to lose their jobs in the wave of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s ongoing mass dismissal of public sector workers.
Dr. Lamptey, yesterday, failed to speak to the issue when The Gazette contacted him on phone, saying he was preparing to attend a funeral and that he will be available to speak to the issue at his office sometime next week – after the funeral.
The affected employees are said to have been employed between 2013 and 2014, when the opposition National Democratic Congress was in power.
They had duly been issued employment letters, leading to questions about the logicality of the need to reapply for the same jobs.
Sources have claimed that the order to reapply is part of moves by the ruling NPP to remove all those perceived to be sympathetic to the NDC from the Municipal Assembly’s security taskforce. Allegedly, this will be done by throwing wide open the new application opportunity which will enable NPP foot soldiers in the municipality to apply, leading to a cherry-pick of such applicants later.
Sources say, the MCE for Ga Central is attempting to recalibrate the employment base of the Municipal Assembly by weeding out all perceived NDC sympathizers and replacing them with NPP foot soldiers, and that he is doing it at the behest of the Assembly Member for the Lom Nava Electoral Area.
The MCE, who is said to have been put there by Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for the area, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, is said to be doing so to please both Hon Botchway, who is also the MP for the area, and the Assemblyman for Lom Nava.
Nana Sarkodie Boateng, the Assemblyman for Lom Nava, has not been available for comment.
The MCE, on his part, has said he will be available to speak to the issue in a week’s time.
Soruce: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Stan Adotey