Ghana jobs under threat amid power woesfrom RUSSELL ADADEVOH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA, (CAJ News) – GHANA’S persistent energy crisis might force thousands of workers out of employment, it has emerged.
This follows revelations that top companies in the country comprising the giant soft drink manufacturer Coca-Cola, Cadbury Ghana, Fan milk and Mantrac were in the process of shedding off jobs owing to the power failures.
Several other companies also confirmed to have stopped some workers citing continuous power failures as the main reasons for shedding off jobs.
The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) is bitter about the unfolding events where big companies were threatening to scale down operations.
ICU Deputy General Secretary, Emmanuel Benimah, said his union had been receiving letters from companies notifying them about the intention to reduce their workforce as a result of the crisis.
“Companies need power to produce because without power they cannot operate, so they have to operate on generator sets, which is at an additional cost. This is costly. So it is a crisis situation,” Benimah said.
Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs), especially in the fishing industry, were the first to complain that their catch was rotting amid power outages.
Similarly, the beef industry also complained about the effects of power outages saying they were causing them to lose big time business.
Only recently, Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, attributed the power scarcity on fellow West African nation – Nigeria for cutting the agreed gas supply to Ghana under unexplained actions.
West Africa Gas Pipeline , which supplies the bulk of gas to Ghana stopped without notice.
– CAJ News
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