….“Chop-Chop” Brigade Broken
The new Managing Director of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), has started a nationwide shakeup at the management level to compel the company live up to expectations of delivering potable water to the vast majority of Ghanaians, as recently stated by President John Mahama.
This major shakeup, embarked upon by Kweku Godwin Dovlo, The Herald learnt is also part of measures to weed out miscreants and cleanse the company of a “chop chop empire” which has kept the state-owned water provider on its knees for decades.
In July, this year, President Mahama through the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, ordered the merger of the Ghana Water and its subsidiary Ghana Urban Water limited (GUWL).
Non-performance and massive corruption had kept the two companies with the same mandate, stunted. Government, therefore, pushed the merger to transform the company to better deliver on its mandate.
As part of this, the following individuals and heads of departments have been reassigned: Mr Emmanuel Opoku, Chief Manager in-charge of Human Resource has been made the Chief Manager for Upper West Region, Amposem Gyakaben, a Chief Manager in-charge of Audit is now the Chief Manager in-charge of Debt Management, F.S. Boakye, an Acting Chief Manager of Finance is now Chief Manager at the Business Support Unit.
Prior to these changes, Senyo Amengor, formerly Acting Managing Director of Urban Water was reassigned by the ministry as a Deputy Managing Director to Mr. Dovlo.
Mr. Cephas Oguah, the Head of Business Support and Technical Service at GUWL is now the Chief Manager Corporate Planning, Mr Samuel Aidoo, onetime Chief Manager of Finance at GUWL has been made Chief Manager of Finance at GWCL, while Maxweli Addo Boateng, Chief Manager of Brong Ahafo Region is now the Commercial Manager.
The rest are Samuel Mensah, the Chief Manager for Eastern Region, he is now the Chief Manager in-charge of Operations at GWCL, Mr J.K. Yankee, Chief Manager in-charge of Corporate Planning is now Chief Manager in-charge of Internal Audit, Irenious Bulle, formerly Manager ATMA is now Chief Manager.
The Herald is reliably informed that the elevation of two Distribution Managers to Chief Managers in Accra, have had some Senior Managers take issues with the decision.
But the reassignments at GWCL according to our sources, has restored the moral fibre of the company and seems to have halted the workplace romance that some senior managers started with some junior staff, thereby destroying all work place discipline.
The source said, the indiscriminate dissipation of company funds by the chop-chop brigade, has also been brought to a halt since the removal of Kweku Botwe, as Managing Director. He is now squatting at the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing without any clearly established role.
The following managers: Mr. Emmanuel Ashia, the Chief Manager for Central Region, Daniel Muomola, Chief Manager for Western Region, Mr. Gilbert Quaye, Acting Chief Manager for Northern Region and Ken Agbotor, the Chief Manager for Upper East Region were not affected by the reassignments.
The company further elevated the following managers: Peter Deever, formerly the Distribution Manager for Greater Accra East to Acting Chief Manager for Accra West, Mr Jacob Yendor, Distribution Manager for Tema Region is now the Acting Chief Manager for Accra East Region and Joseph Nkrumah, Distribution Manager for GUWL head office is now the Acting Manager for Brong Ahafo Region.
Michael Botsi Badu has also been transferred to Eastern Region.
Meanwhile, some staff of Ghana Water have e expressed gratitude to President Mahama for the new air blowing in the company. They gave the assurance that they would live up to the president’s expectation of delivering potable water to most Ghanaian homes.