President John Mahama says the former boss of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Rev. Ing. William Hutton-Mensah’s expertise will be needed at the new Ministry of Power, hence his re-assignment.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana programme, the President refuted reports that Rev. Hutton-Mensah has been fired.
“He was not fired. If you believe that he has talent that will help a new Minister that is coming in, you will assign him so that he can play that role,” he clarified.
Workers of the ECG have called for the immediate reinstatement of their boss, threatening to lay down their tools if their request is not met.
But President Mahama says Rev. Hutton-Mensah’s We are creating a new Ministry and he will be assigned to the new Ministry in a capacity that will be very useful to power supply in Ghana.
He advised that the workers of the ECG must not build their case on personalities saying, “we should not drill down on personalities. Managing Directors have come and gone and ECG should concentrate on how they build a team.”
“If you take one person out of a team, the team must be able to continue to operate and so it shouldn’t be about personalities,” he remarked.
The President also appealed to the ECG workers to stay calm and trust his government.
“They must just calm down and do their job,” he said, adding that “we appreciate the work that they are doing and all of us are concerned to make ECG better.”
He admitted that the workers may have legitimate concerns “but they should calm down and work as a team with the management that is in place and with the new Ministry that we have created to be able to give Ghanaians what they want.”
“Ghanaians want power and they want that power distributed in the most efficient manner and that is the same objective government has,” he added