Port Workers Commend President Akufo-Addo
The leadership and
members of the Maritime and Dock Workers’ Union (MDU) have commended President
Akufo-Addo for granting them the opportunity to discuss issues related to the concession
agreement on Terminal 3 of Meridian Ports Services (MPS) at the Tema Port.
A letter signed by the
General Secretary of the union Daniel Owusu-Koranteng stated that the
“leadership of MDU and the executives of the Local Unions of Ghana Ports and
Harbours Authority (GPHA) wish to express our gratitude to you for creating a
conducive atmosphere for open and frank discussions on the MPS issue. We felt
encouraged to express our fears, anxiety, comments and suggestions on the
“We thank you for
giving us hope in your commitment to resolve the problem at its roots. We were
satisfied by your assurance that you would work within a tripartite framework
on the matter, which in our view, would involve the MDU and the Trades Union
Congress (Ghana) in addressing the challenges posed by the MPS Concession
agreement for the new container terminal,” the statement added.
They urged the
President to urgently take steps to renegotiate the agreement on MPS’ Container
Terminal at the Tema Port.
“We state so believing
that the renegotiation of the MPS agreement would be in the interest of our
country and the protection of jobs for thousands of Ghanaians, whose lives and
survival are linked to the blue economy.”
“We further commend you for having the foresight in setting up the Ministerial Committee to review the main concession agreement of 2004 and its Deed of Amendment of 2015. We humbly request you to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the Ministerial Committee in the interest of our dear nation and maritime employees,” it added.
By Gibril Abdul Razak