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The Ghana Association of Private Employment Agencies (GHAPEA), on Tuesday organized a peace walk on some principal streets of Accra to present a petition to the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations.
The Vice Chairman of GHAPEA, Alhaji Attah Abubakar Jibril, in an interview with GhanaNewsOnline.com.gh explained that, the peace walk was necessitated by a ban on their activities since May 2017 by the sector Minister, Ignatius Barfuor Awuah.
“Virtually all licensed agencies in the country have closed down their offices. We are losing our Gulf Business Partners and most of our contracts for the supply of labour have been cancelled,” he lamented.
The Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko-Brobbey, who received the petition on behalf of the Minister, explained that the ban was to sanitize the business so that people can travel and have their peace of mind as Ghanaians.
“We will treat what you have given is with the necessary attention it deserves and get back to you appropriately,” he assured
Some registered agencies who spoke with this reporter counted their losses and grievances during this one year and 6 months ban.
“I have to lay some of my workers off because nothing is happening. We are stranded and out of business. Out of 10 workers, I am left with only one. Life has become very difficult,” Rock Cee
Source: Ophelia Allotey