MMT Manager Sacked Without Reason

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s victimization of Ghanaian workers continues unabated under President Akufo-Addo, who, interestingly, is running a hegemony that has seen him appoint his family and friends to top positions in governance.

As the wind of sacks blows across the length and breadth of the Public and Civil Services, an Assistant Traffic Operations Manager at the Metro Mass Transit has been caught in a vindictive charge.

Mr. Stephen Avugindi Abukari has been declared persona-non-grata at the MMT after he had served to level of Assistant Traffic Operations Manager.

A 10th May, 2017 memo circulated to all Depot Managers within the MMT warned that Mr. Abukari must be avoided like the plague by workers who still wished to keep their jobs with the MMT.

“This is to inform you that the legal relationship between Metro Mass Transit Limited and Mr. Stephen Avugindi Abukari has been severed effective 21st April, 2017.

“This means that Mr. Stephen A. Abukari, who until his exit, was the Assistant Traffic Operations Manager responsible for Depot Operations is no more an employee of this company,” the memo said.

Signed by Eric Otu, head of Human Resource, the memo warned all workers of the MMT to avoid Mr. Abukari like the plague.

“In this regard, anyone who transacts business or deals with him whatsoever in the name of Metro Mass Transit Limited does so at his her own risk.

“Workers are therefore advised to desist from dealing with him on matters relating to the company.”

The memo never explained the reason for the sack, buttressing suspicions that Mr. Abukari had been sacked for political reasons.

Interestingly, Eric Otu, the man who issued the warning against dealing with Mr. Abukari, is the same man who had signed the letter, sacking Daniel Agyenin Boateng, the NPP’s Ashanti Regional organizer, who was supposed to have been appointed the Managing Director of the Ashanti Regional Depot of the MMT.

Mr. Agyenin Boateng had been one of three people, including one Nicolas Oduro, who had been given appointment letters as MDs of the same Kumasi depot of the MMT by the same Akufo-Addo government.

A resultant confusion had led to a near clash between supporters of Daniel Agyenin Boateng, Nicolas Oduro and workers of the MMT, with Eric Otu’s sack letter to Daniel Agyenin Boateng stoking the crisis more.

Meanwhile, the NPP’s Constituency Chairman for Bosomtwe has signed a petition to President Akufo-Addo demanding an investigation into the confusion over the appointment of an MD for the Ashanti Regional MMT.

The letter, which was signed by five other constituency chairmen, called the development a disgrace to the ruling NPP, however, also called on the President to reinstate Mr. Agyenin Bateng.

“His commitment, selfless dedication, hard work and many more contributed towards the party’s victory,” the letter said.

To assuage the ruling party’s wounds over the issue, the letter also requested the dismissal the Managing Director of the MMT, Bennett Aboagye.


Source: Fiifi Samuels


The Republic News Online

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