Government failure to explain sacking of ECG boss questionable – Kwesi Pratt


Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt has said government’s failure to explain reasons behind the reassignment of William Hutton-Mensah, Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana is questionable.

He said if Rev, Hutton-Mensah had done anything wrong which warranted his reassignment, then it should be made known and not shielded.

Speaking on Peace FMs Morning Show ‘Kokrokoo’, he said the situation casts “dark clouds” over the decision and portrays the government in a bad light.

President Mahama on Friday November 21, 2014 relieved Rev. Hutton-Mensah of his duty following the incessant power outages in the country.

He has appointed Director of Procurement of the company, Robert Dwamena as acting Managing Director.

The situation has sparked an outcry among some staff of the ECG who are demanding the immediate reinstatement of their boss.

The group maintain that their boss is not to blame for the current load shedding exercise in the country and has an unfinished business at the company.

Speculations and rumours also indicate that the ECG boss was sacked because he refused to agree to government’s decision to sell the company.

But Mr Pratt said the workers are not to blame for demanding that their boss be reinstated and that the rumours and speculations about the reassignment will only end if government makes known reasons why it decided to take that decision.

According to him even if Rev. Hutton-Mensah refused to agree to the said sale of the ECG that should not necessitate the action government took.

Mr Pratt questioned the exact role he [Rev. Hutton-Mensah] would be able to play at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum since he has worked with the ECG for close to 30 years.

When asked about his thoughts on the creation of the new Power Ministry, Mr Pratt said its creation will only bring on an extra cost to government and put burden on the tax payer.

He said there are too many ministries and that instead of creating new ones, the old ones should rather be merged to save the country money and resources.

He advised that instead of creating new ministries, government should rather pay attention to solving the power crisis in the country.

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