The New Patriotic Party government is in the process of reinstating a worker with the Metro Mass Transit Limited, who was sacked over alleged embezzlement of cash at the state transporter.
The Republic has picked up that things are being worked out for Stephen Avugindi Abukari to return to the MMT, some two months after he was relieved of his post as Assistant Traffic Operations Manager (Depot Operations) at the Ashanti Regional depot of the MMT.
Mr. Abukari was fired from that position in May, after it allegedly emerged that some GHc70,000 that was paid to him by the NPP as cost for bus transportation services during the 2016 election campaign could not be accounted for.
Said to be a staunch member of the ruling NPP, Mr. Abukari allegedly rented out a number of MMT buses to the NPP to aid in its election campaign in 2016, but later failed to account for the money that was supposed to have accrued from the rentals.
On 21st of April, this year, Mr. Abukari was sacked from the MMT. A 10th May 2017 memo which subsequently communicated the sack to Depot Managers all over the country warned that anybody who dealt with him in the name of the company did so at his or her own peril.
“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 the company.
“In this regard, anyone who transacts business deals with him whatsoever in the name of Metro Mass Transit Limited does so at his/her own peril,” the 10th May internal memo on the issue announced.
It also warned the workers of the company to avoid the suspected embezzler, like the plague.
“Workers are therefore advised to desist from dealing with him on matters relating to the company.”
However, two months into the sack of the man over the alleged inability to account for the company’s cash, the NPP government is said to have started the motions to reinstate him at his job.
Sources say the new Managing Director for the MMT has been impressed on to reinstate Mr. Abukari and plans are afoot to get him reinstated.
The re-instatement would mean that Mr. Abukari allegedly lined his pockets with some GHc70,000 belonging to the MMT without any consequence of accountability.
Source: Therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels