Workers of the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Monday afternoon laid down their tools following the National Media Commission’s (NMC) decision to recall Nana Appau Duah, General Manager (GM) from an indefinite leave.
The Board of the National Wire Service asked Nana Appau Duah to take his six years accumulative leave as a pre-emptive measure to prevent any eventuality and to calm down the nerves of the agitating workers, who said they were fed up with his style of leadership.
The Local Leadership of the Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) and Communications Workers Union (CWU) on hearing that the NMC had asked Nana Appau Duah to resume duty called an emergency workers meeting at which they decided to lay down their tools with effect from 1600 hours Monday April 18 2011.
In a statement jointly signed by Mr Enoch Antwi, Chairman of CWU, and Mr Ben Mintah, Chairman of PSWU, and sent to the Supervising Chief Editor, whom they said was the one they recognized as the Acting General Manager, they said “they are in a dilemma, as to who to relate to as the Chief Executive – Nana Appau Duah, who was asked by the GNA Board to proceed on leave, while the Board looked into some allegations made against him by the Unions or to Mr Boakye-Dankwa Boadi, who the Board directed Nana Appau Duah to hand over to.
On Thursday, April 14, the GNA Board of Directors directed Mr Boakye-Dankwa Boadi, to assume duty as the Acting General Manager with effect from 15th April 2011 while Nana Appau Duah proceeded on an indefinite leave after attaining the compulsory retiring age of 60 years and had not been on leave for six years.