President Nana Akufo-Addo today, met with the leadership of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and Meridian Port Services (MPS), the private firm billed for the Tema Port Expansion Project, to discuss concerns raised by aggrieved port workers over the project.
The meeting, which was held at the Jubilee House this morning also had in attendance the leaders of the Maritime and Dockworkers Union, and the Chairmen of the Senior and Junior Staff Unions of GPHA.
The meeting is an intervention by President Akufo Addo to help settle the impasse over the expansion project, which has created fears of job losses among port workers.
In his remarks before the meeting went into a closed door session. President Akuffo-Addo described the project as a strategic foreign investment, and called for understanding among the stakeholders.
Following the government agreement with MPS for the implementation of the Tema Port Expansion Concession project, workers of the GPHA have staged a series of protests against the move insisting that the government renegotiate the contract to avert high economic and job losses.
The General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, on May Day, reiterated the need for the President to review the contract to save some 1,400 GPHA jobs estimated to be lost with the involvement of the private firm in the operation of the port.
However, the CEO of MPS, Mr Mohammed Samara, refuted TUC’s claims and insisted that some 400,000 jobs will rather be created when the expansion project is completed and operationalised.
The port is expected to be the largest cargo port in West Africa with a capacity of 3.5 million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) per annum.
By Benjamin Nana Appiah/adrdaily.com