October 21, 2013

Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Agyarko Kyeremanteng has lashed out at the National Security Advisor, Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo Mensah (retired), over his attack on workers in the country for consistently using strikes to get their concerns addressed.

The MP wondered if arrogance of power had gotten too much to his head and made him ask workers to pick up their passports and leave the country if they do not want the jobs in Ghana.

The two time Chief of Defence Staff(CDS) Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo Mensah speaking at the commissioning of a nine-classroom block he built for O’reilly Senior High School in Accra, called for the suspension of salaries of such striking employees, adding that the many strikes on the labour front is a sign of high level indiscipline in the country.

“As I walk in the sun here from morning till evening sometime I only drink orange juice to build a school for the future of our children. Then some teachers say that they won’t teach them because they are on strike!. It is very sad that we toil with the future of our children,” he bemoaned.

The National Security Advisor said since the introduction of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS), salaries of public workers have tripled and yet they are not grateful to government.

“Every Tom, Dick and Harry gets up and is calling for a strike.

If you don’t want the job Ghana is not a police state, take your passport and get out of this country”.

General Nunoo Mensah described the incessant strikes in the country as “indiscipline” and urged government to take steps to address it.

“If you can’t sacrifice like what some of us have don’t then get out. If the kitchen is too hot for you, get out”.

However speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Monday, Hon. Kyeremanteng Agyarko took a swipe at the Security Advisor for having the nerves to talk about indiscipline in the country when he failed to say or do anything about the indiscipline attitude of NDC foot soldiers ever since the party assumed power.

“We are all in Ghana and we saw foot soldiers under his watch destroying national tender documents, seizing NHIS offices and public toilets among others because they were disgruntled, what did he do, he should not waste our ears with his pontificating’’ Hon. Agyarko said.

“ Is General Nunoo Mensah further saying that the junior Nurses at Korle Bu Hospital who had not been paid for nearly two years and thus demonstrated had not justification for that, is he saying they had not sacrificed enough for the country working without pay’’ he asked?

Hon. Kyeremanteng Agyarko urged officialdom to be circumspect in their utterances against the citizenry to avoid further agitations from the public.

Kwadwo Anim/GhanaMPs.gov.gh