Board Chairman of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has been busted putting his personal driver onto the payroll of the state-owned company.
According to document sighted by The Herald, Hambali Alhasan, whose employment ID is 18632, was employed in June 1, 2017, months before his boss became the board chairman of the state company.
The document described as a junior driver who had been designated to the Head Office in Accra.
His pay slip which reveals a lot about him, indicates he is at the Human Resource and Administrative Services.
He is paid GH¢1, 502. 70, plus GH¢200.00 transport allowance and also water allowance being GH¢104.52, meaning his monthly take home pay is GH¢1,807.22. It is not clear yet, whether all junior drivers at the company take home the same amount every month.
Additionally, Mr. Afenyo-Markin, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Afutu in the Central Region, has also recruited several of his constituents as workers of Ghana Water Company under very dubious circumstances.
The lawmaker, successfully hooked a total of 14 of his constituents under questionable means and The Herald is learning, this is creating tension in the Company.
Names such as; Richard Yawson, Abdul Latif Seidu, Senyah Hope Zikpi David, Nyarko Ebenezer, Eric Odartey, Archer Emmanuel, Douglas Amoako, Issaka Musah, Isaac Amoah, Donnie Akoto Tetteh, Andrews Lartey, Enoch Fiifi Anderson and Kinsley Eyi, have found their way onto the Ghana Water payroll.
Some of these individuals, have been given questionable educational backgrounds which insiders say, make unqualified for the jobs as Junior Technical Assistant and General Workers.
Aside their educations backgrounds, some of them were above the required age bracket.
This comes on the heels of several allegations against the Board chair by the workers some bothering on procurement breaches and corruption.
Few months ago, this paper reported on a petition that was sent to Kofi Adda, before his removal as Minister of Sanitation and Water to the Aviation Ministry.
The aggrieved workers passed a vote of no confidence in their Board Chairman, Afenyo-Markin, and gave the sector Minister up until Friday June 15 to act or, they were going to activate the next action. They described him as “autocratic” whose actions were affecting the workers, water treatment and water delivery.
“He lacks the pedigree to help realize the vision of the Company. Looking at the ordeals that we have gone through these few months, we are appealing to your good office that we cannot work with him any longer.
If by 15th June 2018, we do not hear anything we would have no other option than to advise ourselves accordingly”, the petition indicated.
Mr Afenyo-Markin, according to the workers, unilaterally suspended a negotiated item in the Collective Agreement that caters for retired staff medical bills, until he was informed it was a negotiated item in the Collective Agreement.
Though not an Executive Board Chairman, the workers say Mr Afenyo-Markin, has created an office out of the Boardroom for himself at GWCL at the Head Office. His decision to be a principal signatory to the GWCL operational accounts is also another first.
“This has never happened in the history of the Company and it is never a practice in any Company if the same person who is pushing for contracts to be awarded is also directing payments to be made and finally signing cheques. Where is the checks and balance needed to ensure transparency and accountability?”
“We wish to inform the Chairman that for over the 30 years, successive Governments have appointed Workers Representative, elected by the staff onto GWCL Board.
We do hereby register our displeasure over the Board Chairman’s behaviour towards our Rep on the Board and make it clear to him that any attack on the Workers Rep on the Board is an attack on the over 4, 000 staff which we will resist strongly”, the petition said.
Lastly the workers said, “We are of the view that he is not a team player and has demonstrated to intolerant to divergent views.
The petition followed a meeting held on May 16, 2018 between the National Leadership of the Public Utility Workers’ Union (PUWU) of GWCL and sectors the Minister, who advised them to put their grievances.
Despite the many misgivings by the workers, no investigation was conducted and so Mr. Afenyo-Markin goes about performing his normal duties. He is said to be drawing his powers from the seat of government, the Jubilee House at Kanda.
More to come