Deputy National NADMO Coordinator, Hon. Joseph Yammin has attributed the growing divestiture of state-owned industries in the country to the perennial negative worker attitudes of Ghanaians who were privileged to work in these divested companies. Ghanaian governments have so far divested or sold more than 400 state-owned industries or companies out of frustration, mismanagement of national resources invested in these industries and bad worker attitudes of employees.
Joseph Yammin wonders why the same workers would perform efficiently when national industries are sold to the private sector.
“About 70 percent of Ghana’s revenue is used to pay few government workers with the hope that they would give off their maximum to help sustain the state-owned companies they worked for but the growing lackadaisical attitudes of workers and financial misappropriation, among others, plunged these industries into either extinction or nonperformance until they were sold into private hands”, he lamented.
Joseph Yammin was speaking in an interview on how Ghanaian governments have contributed towards the maintenance and financial viability of Ghanaian industries. Citing the recently revamped Komenda Sugar Facroty by President John Dramani Mahama to create jobs for 7,000 people, among others, the Deputy National NADMO Coordinator described the current government’s investment into industries as unprecedented.
“The NDC government has so far made huge financial commitments to the setting up and revamping of distressed Ghanaian industries more than any other government and this I can say on authority”, Yammin noted.
He is calling for more public-private partnership to set up industries that would produce goods and provide services for the local and international markets. “We must develop and implement a national industrial development plan that would enhance the establishment of industries for large scale production in order to compete on the global market and create more jobs for Ghanaians”, he said.