Ghana News–The leadership of the 24 recognized transport unions operating in the Kumasi Metropolis has rendered an unqualified apology to the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah and the City Mayor, Osei Assibey Antwi for the unruly manner some of its station masters conducted themselves on radio last Monday.
At an emergency press conference in Kumasi, Mohammed Canal Abdul-Rahim, spokesperson for the Unions and Industrial Relations Officer for the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) described the actions of its station masters as reckless and shameful.
Rather than using the laid down procedures to get their concerns addressed, the spokesperson said it was unacceptable for some of the drivers and station masters to use media space to air their misgivings.
Apart from the unacceptable language they uttered on radio, the Unions Spokesperson described the attempt by the station masters to impugn the image of the Mayor and other city heads as despicable and reprehensible.
‘’We are gathered here to render an apology to our Regional Minister and Mayor who may have been hurt by the unruly utterances of some of our station masters who shamelessly used radio stations to air their grievances last Monday’’, the Spokesperson noted.
The spokesperson said the KMA and its Chief Executive had fairly and adequately engaged the unions to ensure they could carry out their functions very well despite the construction of the Kejetia Terminal.
This, he noted was because most unions were operating around the old terminal and needed to be relocated to new places so that their activities will not be affected by the construction of the new terminal.
Having been allowed to bring their concerns on board in all the six times the Mayor engaged the driver unions, the spokesperson wondered why the station masters could not consult their union chairmen to resolve any issue they were dissatisfied with.
Every Union and Station master, the Union spokesperson revealed was given opportunity to speak since the Kumasi Mayor believed they were the ones operating on the ground and were the ones who may be affected when something went wrong.
‘’I am surprised that after having countless opportunities before we signed a communiqué with the KMA regarding our operations in the Kumasi metropolis some of our station masters and drivers could on their own flout the agreement we had’’, Mr Canal wondered.
Reading a resolution by the Driver Unions, the spokesperson noted no station master or driver will henceforth be allowed to operate in the Metropolis if they do not belong to any of the 24 recognized unions.
He reinforced that no driver or station master will be allowed to form or create a parking or loading station without the approval of the Union and the KMA.
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