Staff of the VRA/NEDCo in Tamale have told management of the company they do not feel safe to go to work, following attacks on its commercial office by some irate youth on Saturday.
The staff say the need security escort and assurance from residents that they will we safe in the discharge of their duties.
The Corporate Communications Manager of VRA/NEDCo, Maxwell Kotoka disclosed this today, when the Paramount Chief of Lamashegu Traditional Area paid a working visit to the company to access the extent of damage caused after the attacks.
“We also want to use the opportunity to as part of the briefing tell him that this morning we have received a letter from our staff saying that they don’t feel safe going out there to work, if the people can chase them to their own premises and come and rig such havoc on us then they are not comfortable going out there” he disclosed.
The Corporate Communications Manager said even though the staff are ready to work, they feel unsafe and have therefore written to the company for further protection.
“As management we will continue to engage our staff but they are asking for security which I don’t think is bad for a person to ask for; I want to work but protect me so that when I’m working I can feel free and when I close I can also go back to my family, it’s a very legitimate call” he noted.
He appealed to the revered Paramount Chief to help locate the leadership of the demonstration for an engagement.
“So we want to appeal to his royal majesty that if they can engage the youth, those who led the demonstration and their leaders, just like we went on the exercise and there were excesses our leadership, management stepped up and owned the unfortunate incident, we apologized and took the necessary steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again the police did same they have even interdicted people” he added.
He said they need assurance from the leadership of the demonstration that their staff will be safe working in the communities.
“This incident happened on Saturday, today is Tuesday, up to now, the organizers of the demonstration are not even anywhere to be seen. Please somebody should step up; oh we are we organized it we went beyond our plan we are sorry then we know this is the group we are dealing with.
So we want to appeal to his royal majesty if they can find us the leaders so that we can sit down and talk they must assure us that what happened one, was wrong two it was not planned and three it will not repeat, then we can assure our staff and get them back to work” Mr Kotoka stressed.
The Paramount Chief of the Lamashegu Traditional Area, Abdulai Ziblim apologized to the VRA/NEDCo and Ghana Police Service for the attacks, stressing that citizens and the two institutions need to coexist peaceful for peace, security and development.
It will be recalled that some angry youth destroyed VRA and Ghana Police Service properties in Tamale in response to a viral video of a police officers abusing some people in Tamale.
The Inspector General of Police, COP George Dampare has since interdicted the four officers who were engaged in the assault.
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