PURC workers return to work; demand immediate constitution of new board

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Workers of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) have returned to work with renewed calls for the removal of its Executive Secretary, Samuel Sarpong.

The workers are also demanding that a new Board is constituted immediately.

Work at the Commission came to a halt on Thursday after the workers locked their offices across the country to demand the removal of Samuel Sarpong.

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Their action follows an investigation conducted by Joy News in May about an alleged financial malfeasance involving Mr Sarpong and then Head of Public Relations, Nana Yaa Jantuah.

Mr Sarpong is alleged to have transferred GHS435,087, into his personal account to be disbursed for an official assignment while Nana Yaa Jantuah is also reported to have spent GHS120,000 on 350 Christmas hampers in 2012. 

PURC Samuel Sarpong Nana Yaa Jantuah

Nana Yaa Jantuah and Samuel Sarpong

At least some 20 staff of the Commission have been interrogated by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) including the two top management members. 

Following the publication, Nana Yaa Jantuah in a memo to the Executive Secretary tendered in her resignation from the Commission.

But Mr Sarpong is still at post, a situation which has incurred the wrath of the workers.

Joy News’ Maxwell Agbagba was at the Commission’s head office today and reports that “all is calm,” and workers are going about their duties.

He said the embattled executive secretary was not at post at the time of his visit, but his secretary was.

Chairman of the PURC workers Union, Abubakari Jabaru says they are determined to get the executive secretary removed and a new board constituted.

“We have had patience with the illegal board and they have been taking decisions to the detriment of staff so as at now we are working, but we want the necessary authorities to know that we need a new board immediately.”

Alhaji Jabaru said the Union will meet Mr Sarpong and retrieve all possessions belonging to the Commission before he finally leaves.