The Volta River Authority (VRA) is relieving a number of its staff, after engaging them on a contractual employment for a period of time.
The workers, who are said to be in their hundreds, have had their contract appointment terminated by the Authority per an internal circular issued to all staff announcing the rather undesirable decision.
It is unclear, why the decision not to further engage the workers, but the circular, dated July 4, 2019 signed by the Authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa said, the contract expired last month June 30, 2019.
Part of the circular read “It is announced for the information of all staff that the appointments of most contract staff in the Authority expired on June 30, 2019 and these contracts will not be extended”.
The Herald gathered, that the authorities, had earlier hired them and extended the said contract a number of times, but after it expiration in June, they have decided to terminate the contract, leaving them without jobs.
The circular revealed that, in December last year, an executive approval was granted for the final extension of the contract from January to June, this year, and it appears this time, no additional extension would be granted.
Mr Antwi-Darkwa said “This was to enable the Authority take steps to resource approved existing vacancies.In this regard, the Authority has since last year, advertised vacancies and organized interviews to enable both permanent and serving staff to undergo competitive section interviews”.
He said,all contract staff, whose contract appointments expired on June 30, 2019, and have not been appointed into permanent positions, are to separate from the Authority immediately, however, fortunate ones who have been successful interviews and have not been advised, will be contacted in due course.
The circular asked all heads of department to take note of the new development and ensure a smooth handing over duties of these contract staff.
This comes at a time, many have lost their jobs at the banks and non-banking sectors, due to restructuring and cleaning exercises by the Central Bank.The VRA workers therefore, add to the tall list of unemployed Ghanaians, who are still hoping to find jobs one day.