THE Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) says it will not lay off any of its workers seconded to Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL).
The managing Director of the company, Mr. Kweku Botwe who disclosed this to the ‘Times’ in Accra on Friday said under the management contract between GWCL and AVRL it was clearly captured that the staff or human resource to AVRL operations will be from GWCL.
The assurance came on the heels of apprehension among some workers of AVRL questioning their fate after the demise of AVRL to manage urban water supply.
Last Monday, AVRL official handed over its operations of urban water management to GWCL at a ceremony in Accra.
The AVRL won a five contract to manage urban water supply for and on behalf of GWCL. The contract was however terminated after the five period.
Mr. Botwe said over 3000 workers of GWCL were seconded to AVRL for the past five years to assist in various capacities.
He noted that by law, once the contract expires the seconded staff would automatically have to be reverted to the mother institution’ that is GWCL.
‘No one will lose his or her job merely because that person was on secondment to AVRL and this was crystallized at the handing over ceremony on Monday', he said.
The Managing Director said the operations or management of urban water supply will remained decentralized adding that GWCL will be the asset owner and will continue to fast truck and improve on the decentralization of urban water supply.
‘This arrangement will go on for a year whiles government takes a hard look on urban water supply –Government will then have the opportunity to reorganize to meet or review the emergency challenges.
Mr. Botwe assured the public of the company’s determination to provide effective and efficient water supply throughout the country.