The Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA) last Monday held an awards and appreciation ceremony to recognize its hard working staff and to motivate them for the task ahead in the coming year.
The general manager in charge of operations at the port, Mr Abraham Mensah addressing the workers on behalf of the Director General Mr Richard Anamoo mentioned that the year 2014 in review has not been too good as compared to the previous year due to lesser vessels calling the port than anticipated . He however added that there are good times ahead and it was important to identify and reward hard working staff to serve as an incentive and motivation in the coming year.
The General secretary of the Maritime and Dockworkers’ Union (MDU) Mr Daniel Owusu Koranteng also took the opportunity to commend the Authority for reviving the awards and also edged the workers to do more in the coming year. He was however quick to add that, the multiplicity of government agencies operating at the port was a challenge as this has the potential of denying the port of some significant cargo traffic to neighboring ports. He stressed that this multiplicity of agencies sometimes leads to duplication of functions at the port by these agencies. He therefore made an appeal to parliament to have a re-look at the law establishing the operation of the port in order to address this challenge.
In all, 27 workers were each awarded for their services to the GPHA Tema with a 32 inch LCD television set and a certificate with Mr Benjamin Nkrumah a senior store keeper emerging the overall best worker for the year 2013. Mr Nkrumah in addition to the TV set , took home a deep freezer.
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