Workers of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) have apologised to their Board Chairman, Peter Mac Manu, for making some unsubstantiated allegations against him.
A section of the workers recently attacked the integrity of the NPP election strategist, accusing him of awarding juicy contracts to his wife and three children.
Mr. Manu, a former chairman of the NPP denied the allegations and subsequently instituted a legal action against the workers for defamation.
However, the workers released a statement Friday, apologising to their Board Chairman for spreading falsehood against him.
“We are sorry for the embarrassment and inconvenience our press conference might have caused Mr Peter Mac Manu and members of his family and once again we apologize unreservedly, Thank You for having time to attend this press conference,” they said.
Below is the full statement:
On the 24th of May 2018, we invited you to our press conference held at the Junior Staff Club House in Takoradi.
At the press conference, we levelled allegations against Mr. Peter Mac Manu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GPHA and some members of his family.
We of the Union want to put it on record that we did not call the press conference and level the allegations against the Chairman out of malice.
As a Union and social partner with a common objective of working together with management towards achieving the objectives of GPHA, we had some serious concerns about the happenings in GPHA, which we were not happy about. After the press conference, it has come to our notice that we did not engage management the more as we should have done before holding the press conference.
Some facts have come to our notice which on hindsight, we would not have brought into the public domain against Mr. Peter Mac Menu and his family at our press conference.
We therefore withdraw the allegations against Mr Peter Mac Manu and in particular, his wife and sons and unreservedly apologize to them.
Nevertheless, we as a union with a role to protect public interest-will not shirk our responsibility as vatchdogs-of-accountability in the governance of public institutions. We think there must be peace and solidarity with our social partners at the work place to achieve our goals.
We are sorry for the embarrassment and inconvenience our press conference might have caused Mr Peter Mac Manu and members of his family and once again we apologize unreservedly, Thank You for having time to attend this press conference.
Benjamin Narh, Secretary
Henry Papa Oppong
Senior and Junior Staff of Local Unions of Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority of Tema and Takoradi
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