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January, 2018 News

 

VRA shows Appreciation to Long Serving Employees

The Management of the Volta River Authority has shown appreciation to 244 long serving and dedicated staff who have been with the Authority for between 10-35 years.

The award recipients comprised staff from the Accra, Tema, Akuse and Akosombo locations. Interestingly, no staff qualified for the prestigious 40-year Long Service Award. However, as usual, the 19 employees who were acknowledged for working for 35 years were welcomed to the dais with the usual euphoria and a sense of accomplishment, as their plaudits were the loudest at the Akuse Club House, venue for the event.

Additionally, thirty-two (32) members of staff were awarded for their loyalty over the past two decades with 96 being rewarded in the ten (10) years category. Eight (8) were in the 30 years category with two (2) being awarded for twenty-five (25) years of service. It is instructive to note that Management used the opportunity to award eighty-seven (87) employees who were eligible for awards in the second half of 2016 but missed out owing to institutional challenges.

Each awardee received a plaque with a certificate of merit from the Ag. Chief Executive, Mr. Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa. Addressing the staff before the award presentation, the Chief Executive of the Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Antwi - Darkwah commended the awardees for their dedication and loyalty to the overall success of the Authority and extended his appreciation to their spouses and families.

He reiterated his position that "His administration was committed to working hard and exhibiting exceptional leadership traits to ensure the Authority becomes the beacon of power utility in Africa." In view of this, he urged the staff to support his administration's transformational agenda of making VRA a credible and trustworthy organization as it was over two decades ago.

Recalling the past, Mr. Antwi-Darkwa stated, "In 1996, funding agencies were willing to deal with the VRA as an institution rather than the government, which means that the Authority had better financial credibility than Government". To buttress his point, he cited the French government's pre-financing of the Techiman-Wa project directly to the VRA without passing through the Government. The situation is not the same today, he explained. "We need to work harder to restore that pride and confidence," he emphasised. He expressed optimism that the proposed Energy Bond to be issued by Government if successfully implemented would change the fortunes of VRA and save it from its current financial challenges.

Ing. Richmond Evans-Appiah, Deputy Chief Executive, Services who chaired the function urged staff to be proud of being a part of the overall success story of the Authority.

Staff in the 10 years category in a photograph with the Executive and Special Guests



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