Regional News of 2014-05-02

Workers urged to help build a vibrant national economy

Hundreds of workers in the Eastern Region turned up to commemorate the May Day at the Jackson Park in Koforidua.

The few placards that some carried rather spoke of General issues such as “let cash flow for emergency road rehabilitation works," “stop unauthorized speed rumps” and “lets stop corruption in Ghana”.

Workers from all parts of the Region including Nkawkaw, Akosombo, Akim Oda, Asamankese, Kwae, Akyem-Tafo and many others in their union attires earlier in the morning, marched through the principal streets of Koforidua amidst singing and dancing before converging at the Park for the parade.

Contrary to expectations that because of labour agitation for a salary increase, workers would not turn up for the march, this year’s parade has been described by many as the best organized May Day event in the region in recent years.

Mr. Julius Debrah, the Eastern Regional Minister who took the salute as the workers march and read the President’s speech, said the welfare of workers was dear to government since every institution in governance was important to national development.

The Regional Chairman of the TUC, Mr. Daniel Nkrumah urged workers to do away with poor working attitudes to improve productivity, adding that Ghana needed all hands on deck including workers to build a vibrant economy.

He thanked the workers for their impressive participation in the parade and expressed the hope that the spirit of May Day would inspire a change in working attitudes to ensure that we all “enjoy the benefits of a good economy”.

In all 18 union leaders including three women, Nana Adjoa Botwe, Margaret Ofosua Darko and Lydia Takyi who had distinguished themselves in their workplaces and union affairs were honoured with citations and gifts ranging from table top fridges to laptops.